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Mt Pleasant Tiger’s Basketball

by Drew Barkley

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Mount Pleasant Tigers moved their Friday matchup to Saturday, but the Tigers showed no ill effects from the delay as they handled Marshall with ease. With the win, Mount Pleasant improved their district mark to 7-2 and are poised to take their third consecutive district championship with three games remaining.

The Tigers opened the game with momentum as a technical foul assessed to Marshall during warmups put the Tigers on the line. Kelcey Morris connected on 1 of 2 shots to give the Tigers the lead before the clock even started. Marshall would come out with a fight scoring the following 4 points to start the game, but that would be about all they could muster as the Tigers played the rest of the quarter on a 21-4 run. The Mavericks closed the gap to as little as nine points early in the second quarter, but the Tigers matched them bucket for bucket, and the score stood at 34-22 at the break. In the second half, all Tigers increased the lead to 51-30 in the third quarter before holding Marshall scoreless in the fourth quarter to blow the game wide open. The 30-0 run to close the game set the final score at 74-30.

All Tigers got in the books with Payton Chism pouring in a game-high 21 points to go along with three three-pointers, four rebounds, and three assists. Will Hills and Kyler Smith added 11 points, with Hills tallying four rebounds and four assists and Smith pulling down eight rebounds. Elijah Morris joined them in double figures with 10 points connecting two shots from deep and reeling in 6 rebounds. Other scorers were Kelcey Morris with 5 points and six assists, Edward Wilder and Johnny Smith with 4 points each, Kai Price and Reggie Webster with 3 points apiece, and Ervin Mickens with 2 points.

The Mount Pleasant win coupled with Sulphur Springs’ defeat of Hallsville knots all three teams in the first place, with each team having two losses. The final three games on the Tigers’ schedule pits them against Pine Tree and Sulphur Springs on the road and the season finale at home versus Hallsville. If the Tigers win all three, they will be crowned district champions at home on February 15.

On Tuesday, Mount Pleasant (19-8, 7-2) will travel to Pine Tree (8-18, 1-8) to take on the Pirates, with tipoff set for 7:30 pm. Pine Tree is coming off a 69-46 defeat at the hands of Longview.

Due to adverse weather conditions, the Mount Pleasant Tigers moved their Friday matchup to Saturday, but the Tigers showed no ill effects from the delay as they handled Marshall with ease. With the win, Mount Pleasant improved their district mark to 7-2 and are poised to take their third consecutive district championship with three games remaining.

The Tigers opened the game with momentum as a technical foul assessed to Marshall during warmups put the Tigers on the line. Kelcey Morris connected on 1 of 2 shots to give the Tigers the lead before the clock even started. Marshall would come out with a fight scoring the following 4 points to start the game, but that would be about all they could muster as the Tigers played the rest of the quarter on a 21-4 run. The Mavericks closed the gap to as little as nine points early in the second quarter, but the Tigers matched them bucket for bucket, and the score stood at 34-22 at the break. In the second half, all Tigers increased the lead to 51-30 in the third quarter before holding Marshall scoreless in the fourth quarter to blow the game wide open. The 30-0 run to close the game set the final score at 74-30.

All Tigers got in the books with Payton Chism pouring in a game-high 21 points to go along with three three-pointers, four rebounds, and three assists. Will Hills and Kyler Smith added 11 points, with Hills tallying four rebounds and four assists and Smith pulling down eight rebounds. Elijah Morris joined them in double figures with 10 points connecting two shots from deep and reeling in 6 rebounds. Other scorers were Kelcey Morris with 5 points and six assists, Edward Wilder and Johnny Smith with 4 points each, Kai Price and Reggie Webster with 3 points apiece, and Ervin Mickens with 2 points.

The Mount Pleasant win coupled with Sulphur Springs’ defeat of Hallsville knots all three teams in the first place, with each team having two losses. The final three games on the Tigers’ schedule pits them against Pine Tree and Sulphur Springs on the road and the season finale at home versus Hallsville. If the Tigers win all three, they will be crowned district champions at home on February 15.

On Tuesday, Mount Pleasant (19-8, 7-2) will travel to Pine Tree (8-18, 1-8) to take on the Pirates, with tipoff set for 7:30 pm. Pine Tree is coming off a 69-46 defeat at the hands of Longview.