Then Austin Greenfield fought off the ill effects of the flu in the fourth quarter and scored nine of his 11 points to help lead the Adairsville charge past the Dragons, 60-50.
Coach Kent Howard said the victory helped the Tigers improve to 3-1 on the season.
“Pepperell is well coached and we’re very fortunate to beat them,” he said.
However, he noted, the important part of the schedule lies ahead, adding Adairsville begins region play later this week.
Adairsville and Pepperell kept each other squarely in view in the early going as the Tigers scratched out a 13-10 lead after a quarter. In the second quarter, the Dragons fought their way back and the two went into halftime tied at 27-all.
The Tigers squeaked out a one-point lead in the third quarter, 45-44, then dropped 25 points through the hoops while allowing just 16 points from Pepperell in the final frame.
Roderic King led the Tigers with 33 points. Sammie Frazier scored 9 points while grabbing 10 rebounds.
Howard said point guard Tyler Washington is making his presence felt on the team as well.
“He did a good job reading the guys on the court for us,” Howard said. “He’s coming along nightly.”
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