Host Cleburne County split two games in the boys bracket of last week’s Tri-County Shootout tournament. On Thursday, the Tigers’ second-half rally came up two points short as Clay Central defeated Cleburne County 68-66. Cleburne County trailed 35-25 at halftime then got within three points in the third before a late flurry by the Volunteers had Clay Central ahead 49-40 after three quarters.

The Tigers won the fourth quarter 26-19 but never got the lead. Max Prichard scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth. Christian Henson had 10 points in the fourth quarter and 17 for the game.

Jeremiah McLeroy and Cameron Kerr each finished with six points. Brandon Horn tallied five points. Griffin Turner had three points. Isaiah Ware and Tyler Berry had two points apiece and Matthew Morrow scored one point.

In the consolation game Friday, Cleburne County waltzed past Horseshoe Bend 51-22. The Tigers led 25-11 at the half. Lots of Tigers got lots of playing time and 12 scored.

Horn finished with 10 points and led Cleburne County. Kerr scored nine points. Henson and Prichard each netted five points. Berry, Jacob Lee and Jeremiah Blake scored four points apiece. Morrow and Blake Pointer each had three points. Brent George scored two points and Ware and Turner had one point each.

Cleburne County plays at Handley tonight and at Clay Central Friday. The Tigers go to Anniston Monday for a Class 4A, Area 10 make-up game. Munford comes to Heflin Tuesday, completing Cleburne County’s Area 10 games. Details of the Area 10 tournament will be worked out in a meeting in Heflin Wednesday morning.