Sig­nal Moun­tain goes to over­time to end streak

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - PAGE 2 BITS - BY JUSTIN DEMPSEY COR­RE­SPON­DENT

The Sig­nal Moun­tain boys’ bas­ket­ball team fought back late against Dis­trict 6-AA ri­val Red Bank on the way to a 55-52 over­time vic­tory Fri­day night.

Af­ter start­ing out the sea­son 2-0, the Ea­gles ended a seven-game los­ing streak with a win that coach Steve Red­man hopes will be a turn­ing point in the sea­son.

“We’re still try­ing to fig­ure out who we are,” Red­man said. “So to steal one here tonight is huge. Win­ning on the road in this dis­trict is not easy.”

The first half be­longed en­tirely to Red Bank (3-4, 1-2), led by guard Torey Sewell. His 11 first-half points high­lighted a 31-19 half­time lead for the Lions. Lu­cas Brown es­tab­lished his pres­ence at the rim for much of the early game as well, to­tal­ing five re­bounds and 10 points in the half.

How­ever, Sig­nal Moun­tain (3-7, 1-2) ad­justed to its op­po­nent’s pace and stole much of Red Bank’s mo­men­tum. The Lions aided the Ea­gles via mul­ti­ple turnovers and fouls, with four trav­el­ing calls in the third quar­ter.

The Ea­gles found them­selves down by 13 points early in the third quar­ter, the largest mar­gin of the night, be­fore an of­fen­sive surge to close the gap. Sig­nal’s duo of Travion Wil­liams and Will Allen ig­nited the spark with 18 of Sig­nal’s 29 sec­ond-half points.

The Ea­gles’ first lead of the game came off a 7-0 run mid­way through the fourth quar­ter to go ahead 46-42.

Red Bank re­fused to go down with­out a fight. Down 46-44 with lit­tle more than a minute re­main­ing, Sewell con­nected on a deep 3-pointer in which he was fouled. Af­ter he sank the ex­tra free throw, Allen took the ball to the bas­ket and drew a foul to force two free throws of his own. He scored both to tie the game and force over­time.

Sig­nal’s de­fense made the dif­fer­ence in the ex­tra min­utes. The Ea­gles re­fused to al­low the Lions to take a shot un­con­tested, pulling ahead to take the come-from-be­hind win.

“They played harder and they played smarter than us,” Red Bank coach Nick Fike said. “We need to learn to show up more men­tally fo­cused, and I’ll take the blame for that.”

“It was a tale of two halves,” Red­man said. “We didn’t have tough­ness in ei­ther the first half or the last cou­ple of games. I chal­lenged their man­hood at half­time, if they were will­ing to take charges or get re­bounds. Once they did that, it was the spark we needed.”

Con­tact Justin Dempsey at [email protected]­freep­ress.com.

“... to steal one here tonight is huge. Win­ning on the road in this dis­trict is not easy.”

– SIG­NAL MOUN­TAIN COACH STEVE RED­MAN

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