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Wildcats Claw Past Tigers' Comeback Bid To Win 66-39


January 23, 2020

Benet Ramió-Comas drives the lane on a fast break. Andrews used a 42-point second half to stave off the Tigers' comeback effort.

For a moment on Tuesday night, it looked like the Rosman Tigers might pull off an upset over the visiting Andrews Wildcats.

But after outscoring the Wildcats 17-9 in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to four points, Andrews barnstormed Rosman in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 42-19 to run away with a 66-39 victory.

Andrews came into Tuesday's contest with only one loss on the year and looked like they might make quick work of the Tigers.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 10-1 lead behind a pair of 3-point shots and knocked down another trey later in the quarter to move ahead 13-1.

The Tigers couldn't get the offense going in the opening quarter and trailed 15-3 after eight minutes.

But things picked up for Rosman in the second quarter. Tyler Stamey converted on an and-one to cut the lead to 18-10.

Benet Ramió-Comas added two more points on a nice layup moments later.

Tyler Stamey lays the ball in for two points from the baseline during the second half of Tuesday night's game. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

The two kept at it, with Stamey knocking down a 3-pointer and Ramió-Comas sinking a pair of free throws to make it 22-20 with under a minute to play.

The Wildcats got two late points to take a 24-20 lead into the locker room.

Coming out of the break, Andrews shifted to full-court pressure, and scored six quick points off turnovers. The Wildcats proceeded to go on a 14-1 run to open the second half.

When the dust settled, Andrews racked up 27 points in the quarter, turning a four-point contest into a 23-point lead at 51-28.

The Wildcats never looked back, leading by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter before closing out the win.

With the loss, Rosman's record drops to 1-13 overall and 1-5 in the Smoky Mountain Conference.

The Tigers return to the court on Friday when they travel to Cherokee.


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