By Stan Beall
The Star Herald
The Durant Tigers hosted Bogue Chitto last Tuesday night in a Class 1A South State Tournament play-in game and won the contest 67-48.
They traveled to West Lincoln for the South State Tourney and defeated West Lowndes 81-52 before falling to West Lincoln 79-54 to end their season.
In the play-in game against the Bogue Chitto Bobcats the Tigers got out front quickly and led 19-8 after one quarter of play.
The Tigers outscored the Bobcats again in the second quarter 17-12 to take a 36-20 lead into the half.
The Tigers took control of the game in the third quarter and increased their lead over the Bobcats to 53-29 as the third quarter ended.
The Bobcats outscored the Tigers in the fourth quarter 19-14, but would still fall hard to the Tigers 67-48.
The leading scorers for the Tigers were Theodore Haynes with 25 points, Demario Trotter with 15 points and Timothy McClendon with five points.
Next, the Tigers traveled to West Lincoln for the Class 1A South State Tournament last Thursday to play the West Lowndes Panthers.
The Tigers were able to take a 21-15 first quarter lead and led 35-30 at the intermission. The Tigers would take control of the contest in the third quarter when they outscored the Panthers 23-10 to take a 58-40 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers put the game away for good in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Panthers 23-12 to push the final score to 81-52.
The leading scorers for the Tigers were Theodore Haynes with 22 points, Timothy McClendon with 14 points, Clay Roby with 11 points, Paul Simpson with nine points and Demario Trotter with eight points.
The Tigers would then play West Lincoln on Friday night and found themselves leading the 2011-12 Class 1A State Champions 19-17 after one quarter of play.
This early lead would quickly evaporate for the Tigers when the West Lincoln Bears took control in the second quarter and never looked back.
The Bears would outscore the Tigers 15-8 in the second and 31-9 in the third.
The Tigers would outscore the Bears in the fourth quarter 18-16, but the outcome had been decided and the Bears ended the Tigers season 79-54.