Tigers pick up wins in barn-burners
Tiger Aaron Parks hit this 3-pointer for the win with eight seconds remaining in the game against the Bulldogs. (Click here to purchase photo.)
Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up two wins last week, both going down to the wire.
On Friday, FHS won on the road in Cornersville. Tuesday, the Tigers won on the road at Middle Tennessee Christian.
Fayetteville handled the Bulldogs at home in their first meeting of the season – the second was a battle.
Friday, the Tigers came from behind for a 48-47 win.
After a slow start, FHS trailed 8-1 with 3:21 in the first quarter. With 2:06 on the clock, Michael Parks nailed a three to get the ball rolling for the Tigers. At the end of the first quarter, it was knotted at 10-10.
There were eight lead changes in the second period. Cornersville was up 24-21 at the intermission.
The advantage continued to change in the third. At the end of three, FHS was up, 36-33.
Tiger Michael Parks goes to the baseline against the Bulldogs. (Click here to purchase.)
With 24 seconds remaining in the game, the Bulldogs were up 47-45. Following a City timeout, Aaron Parks fired a three that hit its mark with 8 seconds remaining in the game. Cornersville had possession at floor length with 5.5 seconds on the clock. The Tigers had a couple fouls to burn without sending the ‘Dogs to the line and used them well. As time expired, Cornersville put up a miss under their own basket, and FHS had the win.
Aaron Parks led for City with 18 points; Nicholas Hopkins had 11; Michael Parks. 7; James Keith, 6; Dorian Thompson, 4; and Isaiah Thompson scored 2.
The Tigers were 10 of 15 from the line. Fayetteville had four shots from the arch, with three coming from Aaron Parks and one from Michael Parks.
On Tuesday of last week, the Tigers took the win at the buzzer, 57-55, over the Cougars.
MTCS (2-1) came into the match-up with wins over Culleoka and Friendship Christian.
Tiger James Keith pulls a rebound in action with Cornersville. (Click here to purchase.)
Tuesday night, the Tigers were down 27-17 at the break. But, after recovering in the third, it was knotted at 44-44 with Michael Parks adding three shots from the arch.
With 30 seconds remaining in the game, MTCS hit a 3-pointer, knotting it at 55-55.
FHS got off a shot but was fouled in the process. Not yet in a bonus situation, the Tigers ran an in-bounds play with 2.4 seconds remaining in the game. Nicholas Hopkins lobbed a pass in the paint to James Keith who made the winning basket at the buzzer.
Michael Parks set the pace for FHS win 19 points; James Keith had 17; Aaron Parks, 9; Isaiah Thompson scored 6 and had 10 rebounds; Nicholas Hopkins, 4; and Dorian Thompson had 2.
The Tigers had four shots from the arch with three coming from Michael Parks and one by Keith. FHS was 9 of 12 from the line.
For their next action, City hosts Community Friday night with game time at 6 p.m.