Tigers earn revenge in semifinal win over Waldron

Triton Central's David Steele, right, and Waldron's Jacobi Purcell, middle, battle for a rebound on Friday at Southwestern. 

As much drama as there was on the first night of the Shelby County Tournament, Friday night was just as jammed packed.

The second game of the boys' session saw Triton Central and Waldron play each other for the second time this season. Waldron got the best of TC the first go-around, winning 47-43 in overtime. 

Friday's contest was like the first meeting between the schools, but the Tigers were able to pull away and earn revenge with a 52-38 win. 

TC would open the game scoring the first six points, led by junior Erick Heabauf and junior Jaxson Miller, who got things started for the Tigers. Waldron would respond, outscoring Triton Central 11-1 to finish the quarter. The Mohawks would force six Tiger turnovers in the quarter as they would take an 11-7 lead into the second quarter.

Both teams would go back-and-forth as no team would have a lead larger than three points heading into halftime. WHS led 23-21 at the break after a 3-pointer from freshman Bryce Yarling closed the first half. 

TC would use the third quarter to its advantage as it would open the quarter on a 7-0 run, taking a 28-23 lead heading into a timeout. Waldron's JT Johns would respond for his squad, hitting a big 3-pointer to cut the Tiger lead to 28-26.

Waldron would spend much of the last three minutes of the quarter playing defense. TC's Josh Kemper got a runner to go late in the quarter, making the score 33-31 in favor of the Tigers. WHS would tie the game at 33-all at the end of three, however, before being outscored 19-6 in the fourth quarter.

"It's a couple of games in a row we have gotten off to a slow start," TC head coach Kyle Ballard said. "The kids have fought through when there is foul trouble or ups and downs in the game. That's part of our growth as a team, good to see them push through that a couple of times.

"Give Waldron all the credit in the world, some of the things we were worried about from the last time we played them; they hurt us on again. In tournament games, it's about the ball bouncing your way a couple more times than the other team, so we were fortunate enough to end up on that side tonight."

In the fourth quarter, the Tigers would extend their lead late with great free throw shooting (7-for-9 in fourth). 

Hebauf scored a game-high 17 points for the Tigers, while junior Caleb Anderson added 11 points. Junior Tyler Bowlby led the Waldron with 11 points, and Johns, a senior, added 10 points.

"The first three quarters of the game were pretty similar to the first one," Waldron head coach Beau Scott said. "We were playing at our pace, it was back-and-forth like the first game. I think the difference was in the fourth quarter. For some reason, our energy was off. We got in a hole and that was the difference."

Justin Powell is a Sports intern for The Shelbyville News. Follow Justin on Twitter @Justin_Powell24.