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Hopkinsville Boys Basketball Hits Roadblock in Sweet 16

The Hoptown Tigers committed four turnovers in the first 1:22 of their opening round game of the 2012 KHSAA Boys Sweet 16 against Southwestern High School on their way to a 52-41 loss, which would end the season for the Tigers, and terminate all hopes of bringing a second consecutive state championship to Christian County.

Hopkinsville was looking to match their female counterparts by winning their first game of the state tournament, and after a sloppy first quarter by both teams, which saw 11 turnovers and 20 missed shots between both teams and left the score 6-7 in favor of the Tigers.

Jordan Majors capped off a 10-2 run to open the second quarter with a three pointer to put the Tigers up nine points with just over five minutes to go in the half, but the Warriors answered with a 12-0 run of their own to take a 20-17 lead into the locker room.

The Tigers got as close as three points early in the third quarter on a layup by Majors which made the score 22-19 in favor of Southwestern, but the Warriors took off on another long run, this time scoring 15 points to Hopkinsville’s four.

The Tigers finally made their own run in the fourth quarter at 12-4, and cut the lead from 14 to six with just over three minutes remaining.  From there the Tigers began to foul Southwestern, in hopes they would miss their free throws, but the Warriors did just the opposite, knocking down eight straight and nine of 10 shots from the charity stripe.  In the same span, Hopkinsville scored six points; a three by Demarius Henry, a dunk by Jaqualis Matlock and a free throw by Majors.

Majors led the team with 18 points, but had five turnovers, and Henry was next, adding 10 points.

In a game that looked like it would be a close battle, 25 turnovers by the Tigers, mixed with hitting only 15 of 53 field goals, five of 15 threes, and six of 13 free throws showed to be the demise of the Tigers.

Head coach Tim Haworth will have most of his team back next year, as the Tigers look to turn this season’s success into the standard for Hopkinsville High, and bring back the tradition the is and was Hoptown basketball.

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