Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team was yet again back in Blue Ridge for the second day of the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. After getting a double digit win over their rival Gilmer on Saturday, Pickens turned their focus on the Eagles of Hiwassee Dam.
In the 1st quarter, the Eagles would be the team to get off to the quick start in the boys match up. Hiwassee Dam would take a 21-13 lead into the 2nd quarter. In that 2nd quarter, Pickens got things going. The Dragons doubled the Eagles 2nd quarter scoring output 14-7, to cut the Hiwassee Dam lead down to just one going into the break, 28-27.
The 2nd half of this one was one to see. The 3rd quarter belonged to the Dragons as they carried over the momentum built in the 2nd quarter over to the start of the 2nd half outscoring the Eagles 19-14 to take a 46-42 lead going into the 4th. In the 4th, it was back and forth with both teams. With time draining down, Pickens ran an inbounds play perfectly to take the late lead 58-57. However, the excitement would not be done there as Hiwassee Dam used an inbounds play of their own to drive the baseline, & make a tough layup as time expired to get the win, 59-58.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Zach Goss: 16 points, 2 assists, & 4 rebounds
Joseph Gossett: 14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block
Seth Bishop: 12 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 blocks
Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds
Hunter Fowler: 3 points, 3 assists, & 4 rebounds
On the boys side of the tournament, everyone has one loss. Pickens beat Gilmer, Gilmer beat Fannin, Fannin beat Hiwassee Dam, & Hiwassee Dam beat Pickens. Everyone is still in play for the title as we head into the final day of the tournament today. It very well may come down to points to determine the winner. Pickens will face the host team, the Fannin Rebels tonight at 7:30 pm.