Bobcats Take Down Rival for Third-Straight Win
Zy Yarbrough pushes over Nolensville defenders to get a clear shot on the goal. MARK MIZE / PULASKI CITIZEN
by Mark Mize
The Giles County High School boys’ basketball team won its third-straight district contest with a road victory over Marshall County Feb. 3.
The Bobcats sat at 4-4 in district play entering the final week in a three-way tie with both Nolensville and Murfreesboro Central Magnet. GCHS split with both teams but also had the tall task of facing off against the undefeated district leader, Community, in the final week before closing out the season at home against last place Forrest.
GCHS was scheduled to travel to Unionville to play Community today (Tuesday) before hosting Forrest Friday to close both the district and regular season.
Marshall County 62
The Bobcats held Marshall County at bay in the final quarter to split the season series on the road over their heated rival.
Both games this season were decided by a single basket, and free throw shooting was a key boon for GCHS with a 17-of-20 performance at the line helping to catapult them to victory.
Especially key was the free throw shooting and fourth quarter performance of junior J.C. Brown who went a perfect 9-of-9 from the stripe in the contest and scored 13 of his team’s 19 points in the final frame.
Brown scored a Bobcat best 19 points. Jake Cardin scored 15 points including three 3-point baskets in the final half. Zy Yarbrough added 14. Devin Johnson scored nine points. Dakorbian Bellefant finished with four. Gavin Busby scored two.
For the Tigers, Cornelius Turner scored 18 points. Omarion Alred scored 14. Devonte Davis added 12.
Murfreesboro Central 64
J.C. Brown knocked down a career-high six shots from beyond the arc, but the junior’s top-notch shooting night was not enough to lift GCHS in a 13-point road loss.
Brown finished with 24 points to lead all scorers including 17 in the final two quarters.
GCHS led 11-7 after one quarter and trailed by just two at the half before Central Magnet put together a 25-point third quarter to begin to pull away.
Dakorbian Bellefant scored 13 points for GCHS. Zy Yarbrough finished with five. Devin Johnson scored four. Jack Harper contributed a 3-pointer. Jake Cardin scored two point.
For the Tigers, Micah Harris scored 16 points followed by 13 points for Jayden Hernandez.
Central finished 19-of-25 from the free throw line in the win. GCHS went 9-of-12 from the stripe.