GALLATIN - Basketball is a game of runs, and that was no more apparent than in Tuesday night’s district clash between the Bison and Blue Devils as a 2:30 stretch in the third quarter decided the two team’s fate.
Using a 16-5 run, Station Camp held off the Blue Devils in the final eight minutes on the East Bank to stay atop the District 9-AAA standings, 60-44.
Eli Rice paced the Bison with 22 points, but none bigger than his seven points during the Bison’s 16-5 run.
Following a Kheller Die layup, steal, layup, Rice scored three the hard way, then back-to-back buckets before a Tyler Moore bank shot at the buzzer lifted the Bison from up just three, 28-25, to 44-30.
“I think the guys played together tonight,” Station Camp head coach Seth Massey said. “Everyone did their job and it was a great team win.”
Adding to the firepower Tuesday night was big man Isaiah Davis. Davis poured in 11 points, nine of which came in the first half and was a big boost to the Bison’s victory.
“Isaiah has been playing well and competing hard the last month or so and he was very good tonight as were all the guys that compete in the game,” Massey said.
As for the run and the bank shot by Moore, it was the perfect springboard into the fourth quarter.
“We wanted the ball in Tyler’s hands for that play,” he said. “He had a couple options and he made the correct decision to keep it and go make a play for himself. That stretch of game was probably the best of the game for us, especially with Tyler finishing that bucket. That really gave us some momentum and extended the lead that Lebanan had cut into.”
Station Camp is back in action Friday at home against Beech while the Blue Devils will travel to Gallatin.
Station Camp (60): Eli Rice 22, Tyler Moore 12, Isaiah Davis 11, Kheller Die’ 7, Grady Parsons 5, Nate Meadows 3.
Lebanon (44): Jared Hall 16, Jackson Painter 11, Varin Alexander 10, Corey Jones 3, Jaylen Abston 2, Will Seats 2.