Fans who traveled to Lincoln Tuesday night to watch the Cleburne County Tigers battle the Lincoln boys saw a game they’ll remember for a long time. In overtime, the Tigers edged the Golden Bears 59-56.
Cleburne County never trailed in the extra period but getting to overtime was nerve-wracking. The Tigers trailed 47-44 in the final 45 second of regulation before Cameron Kerr hit a 3-point basket to make the score 47-47. Lincoln responded with a basket for a 49-47 lead. With 4.6 seconds on the clock, Christian Henson was fouled and the senior netted both his free throws to force the overtime.
The visitors got four points from Max Prichard, three from Henson and three from Kerr in overtime to secure the win.
Prichard finished with 19 points. Kerr scored eight of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers rally. Henson finished with 13 points. Griffin Turner scored five points, Tyler Berry three while Matthew Morrow and Jeremiah McLeroy each netted two points.
The Tigers hosted Ranburne Saturday and won 56-40. Neither team shot exceptionally well in the first half but Cleburne County benefitted from Ranburne turnovers and led 23-11 at halftime.
Henson, Prichard and Kerr were Cleburne County’s double-figure scorers.
Henson scored 16 points, Prichard 12 points and Kerr 11 points. Morrow had seven points. Blake Pointer finished with four points. Isaiah Ware scored three points, McLeroy two and Turner one.
The only bump in the road for the Tigers in their last three outings came at Saks on Jan. 9 as the Wildcats won 68-62. Cleburne County led 31-29 at halftime.
Henson had four 3-pointers and 22 points. Morrow connected on five treys and ended with 17 points. Henson scored 11 points. Kerr had four points, Berry three, McLeroy and Pointer two apiece and Ware one.
The Tigers are the No. 3 seed for the Tri-County Shootout and will play No. 2 Clay Central tonight in Heflin at 7:30 p.m. Cleburne County will play either No. 1 Ranburne or No. 4 Horseshoe Bend Friday.
The championship game in the boys bracket is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The boys consolation game should start at 4:30 p.m.
After the tournament, the Tigers don’t play again until January 23 when they travel to Roanoke to meet the Handley Tigers.