With the victory the Silent Warriors ended the Fighting Tigers 34-game area-winning streak.
“I have been coaching for eight years and never won a game against them,” ASD head coach Patrick Robinson said. “We have come close in many games. They would always beat us in the fourth quarter, but in this game we played better.”
After being quiet the first three quarters of the game, Gordon came to life. Gordon scored eight points to open the fourth quarter to give the Silent Warriors a 43-41 lead with 4:54 remaining. The Silent Warriors picked up their intensity on defense, which fueled a 10-2 run to give them a 53-43 lead. The Fighting Tigers went on an 11-2 run of their own to cut the lead down to 55-53. Cortez Morris had a chance to tie the game up but he split a pair of free throws to cut the lead down to 55-54 with 1:36 remaining in the game. Gordon pulled down the rebound and he was fouled immediately. The senior calmly drained both free throws to give the Silent Warriors a 57-54 victory.
“They were (containing) him (Gordon) the entire game,” Robinson said. “He is a great player and everybody wants to hold him. Nobody would leave him open because he will make them.”
The Silent Warriors came out on fire in the first quarter. ASD hit three consecutive three pointers to take an early 9-2 lead. Kadarius Slaughter’s three-point play gave the Silent Warriors a 13-4 lead with 3:47 left in the first. Slaughter scored the last four points of the quarter to give ASD a 19-6 advantage going into the second quarter.
The Fighting Tigers woke up in the second quarter as they outscored ASD 16-4. Tyree Garrett gave the Fighting Tigers energy off the bench as he scored five points. Kendarius Swain, who was plagued with foul trouble the entire game, hit a jumper to bring the TC Central within one point at halftime, 23-22.
“First of all I want to give Coach Robinson a great deal of credit,” TC Central head coach Cornelious Brown said. “He had his team prepared when they came in today. They were up for the game, they were motivated, they were prepared, and they were hungry. He did a very good job of preparing his team to play. Unfortunately in basketball you can’t win them all. I probably don’t know when the last team that won the state in Class 1A was undefeated, so the loss is disappointing in the fact that the reason you compete is because you want to win.
“At the same time I saw a lot of bright spots. Our players didn’t give up even though they weren’t playing their best. We missed 12 free throws. We got out-rebounded, but at the same time they didn’t quit and they fought. They have the heart of a champion and that is what you look for.”
Anthony Robinson had a strong game for ASD as he scored 15 points while Chris Carson scored 11 points.
Tyree Garrett led the Fighting Tigers with 11 points. Kendarius Swain scored 10 points, while Morris chipped in with eight points.
The TC Central Lady Fighting Tigers defeated ASD 43-40 on Thursday.
Zana Wallace was the hero for the Lady Fighting Tigers on Thursday. With the scored tied 40-40 with 16 seconds remaining the sophomore guard drove to the basket and hit a lay-up to give TC Central a 42-40 lead. Glenice Wycoff knocked down a free throw late to seal the 43-40 victory for TC Central.
Wallace and Wycoff scored 10 points to lead TC Central.
Tuesdae Duncan led ASD with 15 points.