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Tigers win district opener; come back for win over Raiders

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Aaron Parks (10) added 13 points to the board in the Fayetteville High School Tigers’ win over the Huntland Hornets. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry

Aaron Parks (10) added 13 points to the board in the Fayetteville High School Tigers’ win over the Huntland Hornets. ~ Staff photo by Paul Henry

Fayetteville High School’s Tigers opened their District 9-A action picking up two wins on the road last week.

On Tuesday, the Tigers defeated Huntland, 81-53. On Friday, FHS came from behind for a 54-53 win over Moore County. The Tigers are now 6-1 overall and 2-0 in district play, winning on the road with only one home game played to date.

Against the Raiders, the Tigers trailed 17-15 at the end of one but won the second frame, 19-9, and were up 34-26 at the break.

In the third, Moore County chipped away at the lead, taking the period, 14-11, trailing 45-40 going into the fourth.

The Tigers were up 52-51 inside of two minutes remaining in the game. After a couple defensive stops, the Raiders took the lead, 53-52, with 30 seconds on the clock. The Tigers put up a three that missed its mark. Fayetteville’s decision to foul proved to be the right choice, sending the Raiders to the line with 7 seconds remaining in the game. Moore County missed both attempts, then James Keith pulled the rebound and went the length of the floor, dropping a shot in the paint at the buzzer for the 54-53 win.

Nicholas Hopkins led the scoring for the Tigers with 20 points; James Keith, 15; Cain McWilliams, 6; Michael Parks, 5; Aaron Parks and Darren Patterson, 3; and Darrion King scored 2.

Fayetteville hit four from the arch with Hopkins with three and Patterson with one. The Tigers were 10 of 17 from the line.

Tuesday, FHS traveled to Huntland and picked up a win in their district opener. With 3:30 in the first, Fayetteville was up 13-10, then the Tigers won the final minutes of the frame, 12-5. Nicholas Hopkins nailed a three in the final seconds, and FHS was up 25-15 at the end of one.

The Tigers broke the game open in the second, taking the period 28-9, and went into the intermission up 53-24.

Fayetteville never felt a threat from the Hornets the remainder of the game. As Coach Chris Murdock played into his bench, Huntland won the second half, 29-28. The Tigers finished on top, 81-53.

Hopkins set the pace with 19 points; James Keith, 18; Aaron Parks, 13; Michael Parks, 10; Darren Patterson, Cain McWilliams, 6; Darrion King, 5; Kendrall Hall and Mikeal Buchanan scored 2.

Michael Parks hit two from the arch; Aaron Parks, Darrion King and James Keith each had a three. From the line, the Tigers were 4 of 7.

For their next action, Fayetteville hosts Community Tuesday, then host Middle Tennessee Christian on Friday. Game times are at 6 p.m.