Two slow starts led to two losses for the Cleburne County Tigers in the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County (Ga.) Invitational tournament at Tallapoosa. Cleburne County opened the tournament against Rockmart (Ga.) Friday and fell 63-28. Rockmart was ahead 34-11 at halftime. Christian Henson led the Tigers in scoring with seven points. Cameron Kerr scored five points. Brandon Horn and Blake Pointer each scored four points. Griffin Turner, Matthew Morrow, Tyler Berry and Brent George scored two points apiece.

In the consolation bracket on Saturday, Bowdon (Ga.) defeated Cleburne County 66-53. The Red Devils led 34-12 at the break. The Tigers played much better in the second half, outscoring Bowdon 41-32, but could never overcome the early deficit.

Season scoring leader Max Prichard, who missed the Rockmart game due to illness then spent much of the first half of the Bowdon game sidelined because of early fouls, ended the contest with 15 points – all in the second half. Henson had 10 points, eight after intermission. Berry and Turner each scored six points. All of Turner’s came after halftime as did four of Berry’s. Isaiah Ware also had four second-half points and five for the day.

Kerr finished with four points. Horn, Geoffrey Teague and Jacob Lee had two points apiece and Pointer scored one point.

The Tigers’ next four games will all be on the road. Cleburne County returns to Class 4A, Area 10 action at Munford Friday then plays at White Plains Saturday. On January 7, the Tigers visit Anniston for another Area 10 contest. Cleburne County is at Saks on January 9 before finally returning to Heflin on January 11 to host Ranburne.