By: Jamir Sellers
The Pensacola High School Tigers were looking to cap off an excellent season with a good run in the playoffs. The Tigers hosted the Choctaw Indians, who they had defeated in the regular season 67-53 at home. The smell of revenge had to be on the minds of Choctaw with this shot at redemption, with the stakes being very high.
Right from the tip-off, Choctaw came out on fire, running a triangle offensive scheme and a 3-2 zone defensive scheme, the Indians took a nine point lead into halftime. The Tigers and the home crowd seemed to be stunned at how they were getting beat in their gym.
With the score being 27-18 at halftime, many fans held on to the hope that the Tigers would make a surge and run away with it. Unfortunately, that is not how it went for them. Choctaw came out with the same passion as before and had built the lead to as large as 15 points.
Tigers fans and the team looked distraught going into the fourth quarter. However, the Tigers would not be put away so easily. With a late two minute come back, the Tigers would cut the lead to six points. Unfortunately, poor free throw shooting had plagued the Tigers all game, and it would certainly be a factor at the end of it.
With the Tigers being down 53-49, they still had hope left with their center, Devonchae Bryant, up to shoot free throws off a loose ball foul. Bryant missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw, but he was able to get the rebound and put back a lay-up. However, time had expired giving the Tigers their fourth and final loss by the score of 53-51. Choctaw will face the Crestview Bulldogs who defeated them in the District Championship game.
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