Bearcats win county title

Tony McGuireSports Editor

February 1, 2013

The A. B. Combs Bearcats and the R. W. Combs Mustangs took to the hardwood Thursday with the county title on the line. After a hard-fought battle, in which neither team held more than a couple-buckets lead, the Bearcats pulled out the 40-33 win.

Both teams came out timid, with the first points not coming until the 4:57 mark when R. W. Combs hit a free throw. The Mustangs then picked up the game’s first field goal at the 2:27 mark. However, A. B. Combs would catch up and tie the game at five with a little over a minute remaining. At the horn, R. W. Combs held the 7-6 lead.

The Bearcats quickly grabbed the momentum in the second period as they found themselves on the line with just a few ticks off the clock. A. B. Combs went up 10-7 with less than a minute gone.

Noah Back’s back-to-back threes put the Mustangs back in the driver’s seat, and eventually put them on top 15-10. R. W. Combs would not be able to keep a firm grip on the lead as A. B. Combs came storming back. The Bearcats retook the lead, and went into the locker room up 18-17.

The two teams came out of the break and immediately went back into battle. The Mustangs attacked first, and midway through the period, held the 24-20 lead. A “3” by Corey Sizemore help restart the Bearcat offense, and another by Ryan Smith put A. B. Combs up 27-26 going into the final period.

The two teams continued to battle back and forth in the fourth quarter, with the Bearcats finally breaking the stalemate with a little more than two minutes to play (36-28). At that point, A. B. Combs had to make their free throws to preserve the win. The Bearcats were able to hold on for the 40-33 win, giving them the 2013 county title.

A. B. Combs (40) Braxton Whitaker 2, Devin Morris 2, Corey Sizemore 13, Ryan Smith 13, Cody Smith 1, Jacob Woolum 7 and Braxton Cottongame 2.

R. W. Combs (33) Andrew Colwell 12, Chase Pennington 4, Caleb Beverly 5, Richard Cornett 4 and Noah Back 8.