Fayetteville’s Middle School Tigers swept the field in the 2012 Lions Club Tip Off Tournament.
Ninth Grade Academy again hosted the weeklong event.
The Tigers won over Highland Rim’s Hornets in a battle the final game, 43-41.
City is led by Coach Jason Williams. Coach Heath Dehart leads the Hornets.
The Tigers sent Highland Rim to the losers’ bracket in a 47-37 shootout on Thursday night.
The Hornets won their semifinal game Saturday, defeating South Lincoln, 42-24. The win gave them another shot at the Tigers.
The rematch between City and County was a tough physical game, going down to the wire. The Hornets were forced to play two games in one day.
Saturday the Tigers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, but following a time out, the Hornets took the lead, 6-4, at the 3:35 mark on a basket by Cole Beddingfield. Highland Rim would not trail again in the first half. The Hornets were up 13-8 at the end of one. Eight of those points came from Beddingfield.
Both teams added 11 points in the second quarter. The Hornets were up 24-19 at the intermission.
In the third quarter, the fresh legs of the Tigers began to pay off. With 3:35 on the clock, Akoyai Dyer bombed a 3-pointer, knotting the game at 26-26. Highland Rim recovered the lead on a free throw by Holt Richardson at the 2:28 mark. Trailing by two, City’s Michael Buchanan tied it again at 30-30 with 9 seconds remaining in the period.
The Tigers took the lead for the first time early in the fourth, 32-30, with a basket by Cain McWilliams. City would not trail again. It seemed the Tigers were well on their way, up 42-35 with 1:29 remaining in the game, but Holt Richardson nailed two from the arch in the final minute, the last coming with 10 seconds on the clock making it a 42-41 ball game.
But, with two seconds in the game, Tiger Mikael Buchanan dropped one from the line for the final score of the night. Highland Rim called a time out with four-tenths of a second on the clock, but the floor-length toss missed its mark.
Richardson accounted for 10 of the Hornets’ 11 points in the quarter. The Tigers had the win, 43-41.
Cain McWilliams led for City with 12 points. Akoyai Dyer, Worth Watson and Mikael Buchanan had 9. James Fee scored 4.
The Tigers were 1 for 9 from the line, shooting 11 percent. Worth Watson hit three from long range; Akoyai Dyer had one.
Cole Beddingfield and Holt Richardson finished with 16 points. Kyle Clem had 4; Zac Tennison, 3; and Alex Suszczynski had 2.
The Hornets were 6 of 13 from the line, shooting 46 percent. Holt Richardson hit three shots from the arch.