The Metter Tiger varsity basketball team kicked off their season on Nov. 26 against the Jenkins County Eagles in Millen. The Eagles were coming off of a win against Glascock County and the Tigers were missing several players due to football making a run in the state playoffs.

The Tigers began the game with shared scoring from eight different players. The Tigers led 18-13 at the end of the 1st quarter, but poor free-throw shooting allowed the Eagles to hang around going into halftime. The Tigers led at halftime by a score of 33-31.

In the 3rd quarter, the Tigers continued to struggle from the line but managed to keep the lead at 48-45. 

In the 4th quarter, the Tigers amped up their defense to gain a comfortable lead and finished off the Eagles by a final score of 71-61. Metter would go 15 for 34 from the free-throw line and look to improve in this area going forward.

Tiger scorers were Tybias Young with 18; Ean Royal, 14; Tyler Buggs, 13; Jerrail Lawrence and Devin Davis, 8 points each; Lane Young, 5; Dre Tremble, 4; Zach Harris, 2 and Johnny Collins, 1. Tyler Buggs and Devin Davis took two charges each and Ean Royal took one charge.

 

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The Tigers traveled to Pembroke to take on the Bryan County Redskins on Dec. 3 in their first region game of the season. 

Metter was excited and eager to get started as it had been one week since their previous game.

The Tigers would quickly jump out front of the Redskins as they capitalized on turnovers. After the 1st quarter of play the Tigers led by a score of 28-11. Tybias Young scored back-to-back 3-point buckets to get the Tigers going. 

The 2nd quarter would play out the same way as the Tiger squad rotated and played 10 players. At halftime, the Tigers led by a score of 47-26. 

In the 2nd half the Tigers would rotate players again to finish off the Redskins. The final score was Metter 80, Bryan County 40. 

Every Tiger was able to contribute on the offensive end of the court.

Tiger scorers were Jerrail Lawrence, 18; Ean Royal, 13; Devin Davis, 10; Tyler Buggs, 9; Tybias Young, 6; Lane Young and Devin Smith, 5 points each; Johnny Collins and Dre Tremble, 4 points each; Shawnail Rodgers, 3 and Zach Harris, 2.

 

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Bryan Co.111521240

 

Heading into the weekend, the Tigers played home games against the Jeff Davis Yellowjackets and the ECI Bulldogs.

Jeff Davis and Metter were both undefeated on the season, and this would be a good region match-up game. 

The Tigers capitalized on turnovers early to gain an 8-2 lead. Jeff Davis would go on a 19-2 run to finish up the 1st quarter wit a 21-10 lead. 

In the 2nd quarter, the Yellowjackets dominated the glass and took advantage of the Tigers’ turnovers to build a comfortable lead at halftime. 

The Tigers trailed by a score of 51-30 at halftime.

The Tigers struggled in the 2nd half and fell short by a score of 66-87. Too many offensive rebounds and turnovers hurt the Tigers. 

The Tigers committed 21 turnovers on the night and managed to grab 28 rebounds total for the game. 

Taj Hobs and Lane Young led the Tigers in rebounding with 5 each. Tybias Young led the team in assists with 3.

Tiger scorers were Tybias Young, 12; Tyler Buggs, 9; Ean Royal and Zach Harris, 8 each; Taj Hobbs, 7; Lane Young and Dre Tremble, 6 each; Jerrail Lawrence and Devin Davis, 5 each.

 

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On Saturday the Tiger JV boys’ team played their 2nd game of the season against the ECI Bulldogs. The JV squad fought hard and was victorious by a score of 50-42. 

Tiger JV scorers were Antwan Coney, 12; Johnny Collins, 11; Trey Hall, 10; Kaliq Collins, 8; Jayceon Lanier, 5 and Reco Coney, 4.

In varsity action, the Tigers quickly built a commanding lead by forcing the Bulldogs into turnovers. 

In the 2nd quarter, the Tigers continued to pressure the Bulldogs and led by a score of 51-16. 

In the 2nd half, the Tigers rotated players with all 12 players scoring. The Tigers would win by a score of 80-53.

Tiger scorers were Devin Smith, 14; Jerrail Lawrence, 12; Tyler Buggs and Devin Davis, 9 each; Ean Royal, Tybias Young, Taj Hobbs and Lane Young, 6 each; Dre Tremble, 5; Johnny Collins, 3 and Zach Harris, and Shawnail Rodgers, 2 each. 

Tyler Buggs and Lane Young led the team in rebounding with 7 each. Tyler Buggs led the team in assists with 7. Taj Hobbs took the only charge for the team.

 

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The Tigers are now 3-1 overall and 1-1 for the season. 

They will travel to Bacon County on Friday night for another region match-up and Long County will come to Metter on Saturday for a non-region game.

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