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Tigers play tough games last week

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

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The Aberdeen Tigers faced two tough opponents last week, falling to the Firth Cougars 61-52, then coming back for a 50-47 win over the Grace Grizzlies.

Aberdeen fell to Firth in an overtime game Wednesday on the Tigers' home court. Both teams came out strong and played an even game that was close in almost every way. Each recorded 27 rebounds.

A 3-pointer by Firth with 11 seconds tied the score at 48 and sent the game into overtime. During the overtime period Aberdeen was forced to foul and the Cougars went 9 of 11 from the charity line to win the game.

"The boys played well together as a team and they all contributed with the scoring," said Tiger coach Quinn Aldous. "We were up against a good team and we are a good team and a loss is not the end, it will only make the team work harder. Thanks to all our devoted fans who come and support us. You are the best."

Team stats: Cody Snyder 12 points, 1 assist, 3 steals; Wade Wahlen 8 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Aaron Schritter 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Steven Elliott 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Nick Wynn 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Trevor Spence 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block; Bo Duffin 4 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Marcus Shelman 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Garrett Wahlen 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Jordan Todd 2 rebounds; Kendell Foster 1 rebound.

The Aberdeen Tigers outlasted the Grace Grizzlies 50-47 Friday night in the Grizzlies' den. Wade Wahlen led with 16 points which included a deep three point shot with 15 seconds left on the clock to put Aberdeen ahead of Grace by one after trailing the entire game.

Grace was then forced to foul and they put Cody Snyder at the line. Snyder made both free throws to give Aberdeen a three point lead. Grace inbounded the ball with 5.5 seconds left. It was stolen by Cody Snyder and Grace was unable to put up a shot.

The Tigers got a slow start and Grace went ahead 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. Turnovers and missed lay-ups in the second quarter kept the Tigers behind 25-18 at the half.

The second half The Tigers rallied and tied Grace 14-14 in the third quarter. It seemed like they found their momentum in the fourth quarter and Aberdeen outscored Grace 18-8.

"We shot 38 percent from the field, 38 percent 3-pointers (7 of 18) and 50 percent from the charity line, however, I was very proud of the team and the way they stepped up in the fourth quarter," said Aldous. "This was a very emotional game and if we are going to be a state champion team we have to make our shots."

Aberdeen outrebounded Grace 31-24 and had 12 steals.

Team stats: Wade Wahlen 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Elliott 11 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Spence 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Schritter 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Snyder 4 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Duffin 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Jordan Todd 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block; Wynn 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Shelman 2 rebounds; Garrett Wahlen 2 assists, 3 rebounds.

The Tigers next host West Side on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The team asks everyone out to support them in their play.

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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2009

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