The Metter Boys and Girls hosted the Region 2AA tournament Feb. 4-8. The varsity Tigers entered the tournament as the #5 seed with a 14-11 record on the season and played Bryan County in the first round of the tournament on Feb. 4.
The Tigers got off to a good start as Tybias Young put in 7 points in the 1st quarter and Metter led by a score of 12-6.
In the 2nd quarter Jerraill Lawrence posted 5 points, while Devin Smith added 4 and Tyler Buggs put in 2.
At halftime the Tigers led by a score of 23-14. Metter struggled to find scoring and couldn’t get into a rhythm in the 1st half. That changed during the second half of play, however.
In the 3rd quarter the Tigers scored 23 points and only gave up 6 to the Bryan County Redskins. In the 4th quarter of play the Tigers closed out the game and won by a score of 61-33.
Tiger scorers were Jerrail Lawrence 16, Tybias Young 13, Devin Smith 7, Tyler Buggs 6, Trey Hall and Dre Tremble with 5 each, Reco Coney 4, Taj Hobbs 3 and Lane Young 2 points. Devin Smith took the only charge of the game. Zach Harris led the team in rebounds with 9 followed by Tyler Buggs with 8. Tyler Buggs finished with 3 assists.
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Tigers faced off against the Woodville-Tompkins Wolverines, the #4 seed in the tournament.
The Tigers needed to get past the Wolverines in order to make the State tournament.
In the 1st quarter of play the Tigers and Wolverines traded baskets. At the end of the 1st the Tigers trailed by a score of 12-14.
In the 2nd quarter the Tigers gave up too many offensive rebounds and struggled with keeping the Wolverines off the glass, and the Wolverines took a halftime lead by a score of 36-21.
In the 2nd half the Tigers continued to struggle offensively as the Wolverines won by a score of 81-45.
Tiger scorers were Jerrail Lawrence 14, Tyler Buggs 10, Taj Hobbs 6, Tybias Young 5, Johnny Collins and Lane Young with 3 each and Zach Harris and Devin Smith with 2 points each. Tyler Buggs led the team in rebounding.
The Tigers failed to make the state tournament for the first time in four years. However, Coach William Altman said, “The season was very successful with many good wins versus quality opponents.”
The Tigers finished the season with a 15-12 record.
“Seniors Tybias Young, Lane Young, and Zach Harris will be greatly missed,” Altman said. “The Tiger family appreciates all the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication they gave the program throughout the years.
“Our Tiger returners are looking forward to getting back to work in the off-season in preparation for making a run in 2021.
“The Tiger basketball family would like to thank all those that came out in support of the program this year.”