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Savages Outplay Little Axe, 62-31


February 14, 2019

Countywide & Sun/Suzie Campbell

Players scramble for a loose ball.

The Tecumseh Savages split a pair of games last week on the hardwood with a heartbreaker on the road at McLoud and then a runaway at home on Friday night.

The Savages began the week on the road against the Redskins and a real thriller broke out. McLoud led 21-19 after the high flying first quarter and then used a big second quarter to lead 38-26 at halftime.

Tecumseh came out fairly strong in the third and beat the Redskins by one in the stanza, but still trailed by 11 headed to the fourth. That's when the Savages came alive and dominated the fourth quarter to come all the way back to take their first lead at 62-61 with under 20 seconds left in the game.

McLoud got a layup with 10 seconds left to lead 63-62. Tecumseh had a had a chance at the end of the game, but the ball just wouldn't drop for the T-Town boys off as they fell to the Redskins in a heartbreaker. The stunned Savages were led in scoring by Jayden Shafer with 16 points, including four treys.

Kainan Ryan and Ed Carey were both in double figures for the Savages with 12 points each. Carey had a big night on the boards with 10 rebounds for Tecumseh. Jacob Green and Josiah Mendoza each dropped six on the Redskins and Jose Lugo added four.

After the tough loss on the road, the Savages came home for homecoming and senior night on Friday and were able to cruise to a 78-47 win over Little Axe. Tecumseh led 15-7 after one and had an overwhelming 38-17 lead at halftime.

Countywide & Sun/Suzie Campbell

Anthony Billy Takes it to the hoop for two.

The domination continued in the second half as they Savages doubled up the Indians by the end of the third, 62-31, Tecumseh then emptied the bench and won the game going away as each team scored 16 in the fourth.

Billy led three Savages in double figures with 16 points while Shafer tossed in 13 and Carey scored 12 in the win. Ryan was almost in double digits with nine points and Green added eight and Ty Shields dropped seven for the Savages. Lugo had five points and Mendoza and Alex Schovanec had three and two points respectively.

The Savages hope the overpowering win in the regular season finale will propel them to a playoff run. The post-season begins tomorrow (Friday) night at Clinton for Districts. With a win in Districts over the Red Tornados, the Savages would move to the winner's bracket of the Regional Tournament.


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