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Tigers lose heartbreaker
DeKalbs Lucas Phillips towers above everyone as he shoots the basketball in Mondays 61-58 sub-state loss to Chattanooga Howard Monday night. With the loss DeKalb ends the season with a 30-7 record. - photo by Photo by Eric Drennan
In what could only be described as one of the most exciting, memorable games in recent memory, the DeKalb County Tigers’ basketball team battled a talented 28-6 Chattanooga Howard squad to the finish but fell 61-58 to end DeKalb’s season.In front of a packed Chattanooga Howard Gymnasium, both squads electrified the crowd with some spectacular play.The first period began with a bang as six-foot-eight Howard center Brandon Walters soared to the rim, dunking the basketball, putting his team ahead 2-1.Settling down, DeKalb jumped out to a four-point lead. Howard and DeKalb traded leads, but at the end of the first period, DeKalb found themselves behind with the score 16-14.The second period saw Howard jump out to a five-point lead, but at the 3:43 mark, DeKalb’s Sonni Fullilove hit a jump shot that gave his team a 22-21 lead. Moments later, a 7-0 run was capped by yet another dunk, this time by Howard’s Adjoe Young, that raised the roof.After a DeKalb time out, Head Coach Lynus Martin settled down his squad then sent them on a 5-0 run to end the second period.Trailing 28-27 to begin the third period, DeKalb came out of the locker room determined.