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Blue Devils Stave Off Feisty Tiger Effort In Rivalry Win


Last updated 12/23/2019 at 2:26pm

Junior guard Austin Shelton did his best to pace the Tigers' offense in Saturday's rivalry game against Brevard.

In a spirited, early-season rivalry contest, the Brevard Blue Devils took a big first-quarter lead and held off a fierce comeback attempt from the Rosman Tigers to claim a 64-46 victory on Saturday night.

Brevard raced out to an 11-0 lead less than four minutes into the game, but Rosman fought back all night, cutting the lead down to two points later in the second half.

However, holding a 35-33 lead in the third quarter, the Blue Devils outscored the Tigers 29-13 to pull away down the stretch.

Brevard got an early 9-0 lead thanks to points from their big men – Drew Scott and Joe Powell. A bucket inside from Bahtle Griffin made it 11-0 with 4:30 to go in the opening quarter.

Rosman finally got on the board thanks to a basket from Tyler Stamey that made it 11-2. The Tigers got a few more points from Dylan McCall and Austin Shelton to cut Brevard's lead to 13-7 going into the second quarter.

From there, the pace picked up for both sides.

Powell brought the visitors to their feet with a steal and a two-handed jam that made it 17-11. But Rosman responded with a 4-0 run to cut it 17-15.

Brevard answered with a 4-0 run to move in front 21-15 with 3:30 to go in the half. After a fast-break layup from Shelton, the Blue Devils went on another 6-0 run to take a 27-17 lead with 1:15 left in the quarter.

Shelton kept the Tigers' hopes alive with five points over the final 30 seconds of the half to cut Brevard's lead to 29-22 at the break.

Rosman kept fighting in the second half, as a reverse layup from Benet Ramio-Comas, followed by a 3-pointer moments later, made it a 35-33 game.

Joe Powell's big night on the interior helped Brevard earn its fourth straight win against the Tigers. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

However, Brevard closed out the quarter on an 8-1 run, leading 43-36 after three.

Over the final eight minutes, Scott and Powell continued to dominate inside for the Blue Devils. Brevard stretched its lead bit by bit, earning the 18-point victory at the buzzer.

With the win, Brevard's record improved to 3-4 while Rosman fell to 0-8.

The Blue Devils are in action Friday and Saturday for a Christmas tournament in Swain County.

Rosman has the week off until they return to the court at home next Monday as they host Avery County.


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