The Adairsville boys used a big fourth quarter advantage to avoid an upset in the first round of the Region 6-AAA tournament Tuesday at Sonoraville.
Facing the No. 5 seed from the North sub-region, Murray County, the Tigers, who were the second seed from the South, held a 21-14 scoring edge in the final stanza for a 53-44 win.
Murray County (5-20) looked poise to advance to the quarterfinals after grabbing a 17-10 lead after one quarter, as Haden Newport and Lincoln Puryear had six points apiece in the period.
Hunter Hice (six points) and Cody Henderson (five) helped the Tigers (14-12) turn things around in the second quarter to take a slight 26-25 edge into halftime.
Neither team got anything going offensively in the third quarter, but Adairsville did manage to extend its lead by a single point heading to the fourth quarter.
Armed with a 32-30 lead, the Tigers once again got key contributions from Hice and Henderson with each scoring six points in the decisive quarter.
Hice finished with a game-high 18 points, edging out Puryear, who dropped in 17. Henderson, meanwhile, added 15.
Adairsville's Savaun Henderson finished with seven points — five of which came in the final period.
The Tigers turn right around to play Wednesday night, facing either Lakeview-Fort Ogelthorpe or Bremen at 8:30 p.m. at Sonoraville.
The winner qualifies for the state tournament and advances to face Ringgold in Friday's region semifinal.