Russellville boys defeat Colbert County
The Russellville Golden Tigers boy’s varsity basketball team defeated the Colbert County Indians 56-39 at home on Thursday night.
Will Bostick hit a milestone in his career as a high school player during the game. At halftime it was announced that he had scored over 500 points in his career as a Golden Tiger.
“Any time you win is nice,” Russellville head coach Michael Smith said. “We won as a unit tonight. Several players stepped up.”
The game was knotted up at 7-7 after the opening four minutes of the first quarter.
Russellville had a 16-14 lead with 9.4 remaining in the quarter, but another field goal gave the Golden Tigers an 18-14 advantage at the end of one.
The Indians tied the game up again at 18 all with 4:50 remaining in the second. Russellville hit a field goal to go back ahead, and a layup by Bostick gave the Golden Tigers a 22-18 lead with three minutes remaining in the quarter.
Russellville would score two more points before halftime, giving the Golden Tigers a 24-18 advantage at the break.
Russellville was up 30-23 by the midpoint of the third, and after a free throw Jackson Smith drew an and one on a layup. Smith made the foul shot, putting the Golden Tigers up 34-23 with 2:55 to go in the third.
Russellville turned a 38-27 lead at the end of the third into a 46-36 lead with four minutes remaining in the game.
Terrance Graham drew an and one on a layup to put the Golden Tigers up 48-36.
Russellville went on an 8-3 run to finish the game with the 17-point win.
As the season winds down, Russellville must look to the upcoming area tournament.
“We need to relax and play like we’re capable of,” Smith said. “We need to relax and hit shots, and our offense needs to step up.”
Smith led the Golden Tigers in points with 20. Bostick and J.T. Watkins tied with 11 each.
Also scoring for Russellville were Graham (5), Lucas Witt (5) and Andrew Malone (2).