JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Central A&M boys survived a couple of Tuscola runs and improved their standing in the conference with a 65-60 win.
The Raiders ran out to a 16-10 lead in the 1st 8:00, but Tuscola answered with a 21-15 run and knotted the score at the break, 31-31. A&M launched a 15-5 run out of the locker room and took a 10-point lead heading into the 4th period, 46-36.
A&M had to brace for another Tuscola charge down the stretch and they were able to withstand it. Tuscola put up a 24-point outburst in just 8:00. A&M tried to run alongside and scored 19 points. It was enough to hold on for the win despite the bullets flying by.
Tuscola used the 3-point line to try to upset the Raiders. They connected seven times, compared to the Raiders four, for a 9-point advantage. However, their ouside shooting did not translate to free throws.
Tuscola only shot 5-of-7 at the line, while the Raiders got to the line for 29 shots and made 17 (58%). It was enough for a 12-point advantage and erased the Tuscola edge from the arc.
Spencer Garner had a game-high 23 points for the Raiders. Garner recorded a trey hat trick, scored five more times in close and was a perfect 4-of-4 at the line. Alex Snyder followed with 18 points
Central A&M 65, Tuscola 60
A & M 16-15-15-19—65
A&M stats: Garner 23 (5-2s, 3-3 pt FGs, 4/4 FTs), Snyder 18 (7 FGs, 4/4 FTs), Ramsey 11(3 FGs, 5/9 FTs), Ade 8 (1-2, 1-3 pt FGs, 3/6 FTs), Long 3 (FG, 1/2 FTs), Chepan 2 (FG), Bray(0/4 FTs). Team FGs 22. 3-Pointers: 4 (Garner 3, Ade). Team FTs 17-of-29
T’cola stats N. Bates 21 (6-2s, 2-3 pt FGs, 3/4 FTs), Kauffman 10 (2-2s, 2-3 pt FGs), Yoakum 6 (2 FGs, 2/3 FTs), Shabrou 6 (3 FGs), Z. Bates 6 (3 Fgs), Turner 6 (2-3 pt FGs), Haake 5 z(1-2, 1-3 pt FGs). Team FGs 24. 3-Pointers: 7 (Turner 2, N. Bates 2, Kauffman 2, Haake). Team FTs 5-of-7.