Tigers pay back Hillcrest at home
Published 6:56 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2016
It’s often said that revenge is a dish best served cold, but the Greenville Tigers were red-hot Friday at home as they defended home court Friday against a talented Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars—the same Jaguars team who handed the Tigers their only loss on the season thus far—with a 76-68 win.
The win improves the Tigers to 3-1 on the year, and Hillcrest-Evergreen fell to 5-1 as a result.
Though one of Greenville head basketball coach Stu Stuedeman’s early criticisms of his young players was their ability to rebound on the offensive and defensive boards, Friday night showed marked improvement for the Tigers.
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Greenville out-rebounded Hillcrest-Evergreen 2-1 with 38 total rebounds to the Jaguars’ 19, with 12 of them being offensive rebounds.
Moreover, the Tigers’ drastically-improved full court pressure defense forced 28 turnovers and wore down the Jaguars in the final stretch.
The stat distribution was fairly well spread Friday night for the Tigers, though Charles Warren’s star shone brightest with 25 points as a legitimate threat both within and beyond the arc. Warren added 5 rebounds to his total.
Two other Tigers reached double-digit scores, with Tyler Stone’s double-double performance of 10 points and 11 rebounds and Malik Bunch’s 11 points and 8 rebounds.
The Greenville Tigers will face their next challenge on the road against Opp Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.