GCHS Boys Fall to Fourth Quarter Rally
The Giles County High School boys’ basketball team saw its 2016-17 season come to a heartbreaking end Tuesday night in a 66-62 loss to Camden in the Region 6-AA semifinals held at Creek Wood High School.
The loss was a disappointing one for the Bobcats (19-12), who led by double-digits on two separate occasions in the contest, but were outscored 27-10 in the fourth quarter.
In a matchup against the District 11-AA Tournament champions, the Bobcats fell behind by three points midway through the first quarter as Camden appeared to seize momentum of the contest.
But that’s when Giles County began to find its offensive groove as the Bobcats erased the small deficit and built their first-quarter lead to as many as four points. The frame ended with the Bobcats, who finished runner-up in the 12-AA Tournament, ahead by a 20-16 score.
The second quarter saw the Bobcats continue to push the tempo as their pesky defense forced Camden into several turnovers that led directly to quick Bobcat points. The Bobcats pushed their lead to as many as 14 in the first half at 34-20, but Camden slowly whittled the lead back down to just eight, 36-28, at halftime.
After their lead was reduced to just one halfway through the third quarter, the Bobcats began to apply the pressure defensively and build their lead back to double digits and end the quarter ahead, 52-39.
But the fourth quarter proved a fatal one for the Bobcats, who were outscored by 17 points and were held scoreless until more than four minutes of game time had elapsed in the period.
After the contest was tied up at 57-57, Camden retook the lead once and for all with a long-range 3-pointer from senior guard Hunter Vick to put the designated home team ahead, 60-57.
Giles County scrambled to tie the game with a couple of 3-pointers, but was never able to connect, and free throws allowed Camden to escape with the victory.
Senior guard Aspen Bush scored a game-high 26 points — 19 of which came in the first half — in the loss for the Bobcats.
Fellow senior Jordan Gilbert added 22 in the defeat for the Bobcats. Big man Stephen Wade added four crucial points in the third quarter for the Bobcats, who struggled against the size and length of the Camden attack.
Vick, a Tennessee Tech signee, led the Lions (27-5) with 22 points — 20 of which came in the second half.
Camden big man Diego Womack, who joined the Lions this season after he spent the first three years at Jackson North Side, finished with 20 points.
Fellow Camden post Colton Smith added a crucial 12 points down low for the Lions.