John Malone nailed a three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the game, which ended up giving the DeKalb County Tiger basketball team a 50-49 victory over Gordonsville, Thursday night in Gordonsville. The Tigers had crushed Gordonsville, 89-48, back on November 30th, but the Black and Gold never led by more than 11 points in Thursday's rematch.
DeKalb County trailed only once after the opening period. Gordonsville had an 11-9 advantage at the end of the opening period, but the host Tigers did not have an advantage again until the final minute of the game, when two free throws by Jordan Bradford gave Gordonsville a 49-47 lead. J.J. Herriott hit a shot to tie the game at the start of the second period, and DeKalb led by as many as seven in the period. The Tigers held a 23-19 edge at the half.
The DC boys opened up a 34-23 lead, with just over five minutes left in the third period, but Gordonsville closed out the third on an 11-4 run to trim the gap to four. The hosts tied the game three times in the fourth before finally taking the lead, with 57.7 seconds remaining.
With three starters - Travis Woodward, Zack Rowland and Hunter Stewart - having fouled out of the game, Malone stepped up with two three pointers in the final period, including the game-winner in the final minute. Gordonsville got the ball back and missed a shot that would have given them the lead, and DeKalb was awarded the ball on a tie-up with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
Malone and Payne Denman each hit four three-pointers and led the Tigers with 12 points apiece. Herriott added seven points, while Stewart tallied six for the Black and Gold. Josh Williams led Gordonsville and all scorers with 18 points. DeKalb County improved to 5-4 on the season.
Meanwhile, the Lady Tiger basketball team could not repeat their upset of the Gordonsville Tigerettes from less than a month ago. The lead changed hands nine times in the first half, but DeKalb never led in the second half, and lost to host Tigerettes, 42-36.
Neither team scored until the 3:27 mark of the first period, when Cynthia Woodward hit a shot to put the Lady Tigers on the board. Gordonsville led, 6-4, at the end of the sluggish first period. The Lady Tigers came back to lead by as many as three points in the second period, but Brittany Thornton's three-pointer, with three seconds left on the clock, gave the Tigerettes an 18-15 halftime lead.
Woodward tied the game with a three-pointer to open the third, but Gordonsville rolled out to a 27-20 lead, late in the period. The Tigerettes pushed the lead to nine, midway through the fourth, but DeKalb County closed to within two points, with less than a minute left in the game. Chelsea Mitchell and Jana Watson hit four consecutive free throws in the final seven seconds to close out the game for Gordonsville.
Woodward and Katie Herman each had 15 points to lead the Lady Tigers, who dropped to 3-6, with the loss. Mitchell had 12 points to lead Gordonsville.
DeKalb County will play at Monterey, Friday night, at 6:00 p.m.