The Cavaliers continued building momentum in the HHC Tournament last night defeating the Rossville Hornets for the second time this season 64-62. The victory will position them for a rematch with Clinton Prairie for the HHC Championship on Saturday at 6:00 pm EST at Clinton Prairie.
The Cavaliers were up against a very prepared Rossville team that was out for revenge from the early season meeting of the two team at Rossville. The Cavs took a slim 14-10 first quarter lead as both teams were tentative and probing each others defenses. In the second quarter TC got a surge and moved out to a 34-25 lead and appeared to be in control. Rossville came out and stymied the Cavaliers with some pressure defense in the third outscoring the Cavs 20-13 and putting them only 2 down at the end of three 47-45. Both teams brought great energy into the fourth quarter on the defensive side, but offensively were forced to be very controlled. The Hornets tied the game at 50 and held a couple of 1 point leads in the fourth. As the time ran down in the fourth the Cavaliers took advantage at the free throw line hitting 20-24 on the night to hold off the Hornets. The game came down to the last possession as Rossville got the last possession after TC held a 2 point lead after Nate Patton missed a free throw. Rossville called time out with 9.5 seconds on the clock to set up the last play of the game. The Cavaliers were determined not to let the Hornets leading scorer Blake Miller get a 3 pointer for the win and were able to double team him and harrass him into a game ending turnover.
Nate Patton and Bennie Patterson were huge for the Cavaliers with 23 points each. They were collectively 15 of 18 from the line. Riley Ewen put up 10 points and Bryce Cook 6. Logan Waibel hit 2 crucial free throws late in the game to aid the cause. The Cavs are 15-1 on the season.