Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up two wins in the Richland Classic over the weekend. Saturday, the boys gave Coach Chris Murdock a win over his high school alma mater, the Richland Raiders, 66-61. Friday, the Tigers won over Cornersville, 74-39.
The Tigers’ overall record is now 8-5.
FHS won the battle with the Raiders making stops defensively and making shots from the line. The Tigers went 19 of 23 in free throws for 83 percent.
Richland brought an outside game, hitting eight from the arch. But, the Raiders went to the line just 7 times, making only 3 shots.
The Tigers won the first quarter, 21-14, with Nicholas Hopkins adding 9 points.
But, Richland hit 3 from long range in the second, winning the period 17-16. FHS was up 37-31 at the break.
Both teams slowed the pace in the third. The Raiders won the quarter, 10-9, and the Tigers were up 46-41.
In the final frame, Richland added three shots from the arch, knotting it at 52-52 midway in the fourth. But, the Tigers got on a 14-9 run in the final minutes to finish with the win. The Tigers were 8 of 10 from the line down the stretch.
Hopkins set the pace with 25 points. Keith finished with 15; Aaron Parks, 11; Michael Parks, 9; Isaiah Thompson, 4; and Andrew Lawson scored 2.
The Tigers hit 20 shots inside and three from the arch with Michael Parks, Aaron Parks and Hopkins having one each.
From the line, Aaron Parks was 6 of 6; Hopkins, 6 of 8; and Keith was 7 of 9.
Friday FHS defeated the Bulldogs, 74-39, for their third win of the season over the ‘Dogs.
It was an all Tiger night. FHS jumped on the Bulldogs early and never felt a threat after the opening tip-off. There was 3:05 in the first quarter before Cornersville scored their first point of the night, which came from the line. Fayetteville was up 21-7 at the end of one. Nicholas Hopkins nailed two from the arch in the period.
The Tigers kept their foot on the gas, up 43-14 at the break with James Keith adding 10 points in the second frame.
The second half went to FHS, 31-25, for the win.
Coach Murdock went to his bench early with everyone getting playing time. Eleven Tigers took the floor, and eleven added points to the board.
Keith led with 21 points. Hopkins added 13; Isaiah Thompson, 10; Michael Parks, 7; Darren Patterson, 6; Isaiah Steele and Andrew Lawson, 4; Kendrell Hall, 3; Aaron Parks, Darrion King and Dorian Thompson scored 2.
The Tigers hit 22 shots inside and three from the arch with Hopkins having 2 and Michael Parks with 1. From the line, Fayetteville was 15 of 25.
FHS returns to district action hosting Forrest Jan. 4 with game time at 6 p.m.