BY NORM BETZ –
The Acorn Tigers took a different approach in the Senior Night nightcap, defeating the 2A Mt. Ida Lions on Friday night in Acorn, in overtime, 72-70. Senior Morgan Hair led all-scorers with 27 points, while senior Sky Jackson finished three points behind with 24 points.
Hair and Jackson combined to lead the Lions 10-9, before senior Justin Hogan drilled a three-ball to put Acorn up 13-9 at the end of the opening quarter. Hair opened up the game with a 15-foot jumper and later added a trey, while Jackson drained a three-pointer to give the Tigers a 10-6 lead with 1:42 to play in the first.
Mt. Ida trailed Acorn by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but matched the Tigers 19 point output in the quarter to trail 32-28 at halftime. Hair led the Tigers knocking down three from beyond the arc and adding a pair from the field for a second quarter 13 point total. The only other Tiger to score in the second was Jackson, who hit three from the field. The Tigers had committed nine fouls, while the Lions only had one foul before sophomore Logan Frost entered the contest and took a pair of chargers to start to turn the tables for Acorn.
The Tigers came out of the locker room and outscored the Lions 9-2, to take a 41-30 lead with 4:43 to play in the third quarter. Hogan led the Tigers, hitting a 14-foot baseline jumper, adding a pair from the stripe, and converting a three-point play the old-fashioned way. Jackson added a pair of back-to-back 12-foot jumpers to round out the mini-run to start the quarter. Mt. Ida outscored Acorn 11-10 in the final three minutes to cut the lead to seven points, 48-41. Hair knocked down a pair from the charity stripe, Hogan added a baseline driving lay-up, and senior Riley Carter connected on one-of-two from the line to close out the third quarter scoring.
Mt. Ida started off the final quarter on a 11-4 run to knot the score at 52-all with 5:35 to play. Jackson threw in a 15-footer from the elbow, while Hogan followed suit with a 15-footer from the baseline for the Tigers. The Lions continued with their second 11-4 run to give Mt. Ida their biggest lead of the game, 63-56, with 1:30 to play. Jackson kissed one in off the glass, while junior Ashton Pardon hit a pair from the stripe before fouling out of the contest a minute later. The Tigers responded with their backs up against the wall, outscoring the Lions 8-1 in the final minute and a half. Jackson started off the run with a pair of free throws, before Hair drilled his fifth three-pointer of the game. Hogan added a bucket and Jackson closed out the scoring hitting one-of-two from the charity stripe to lock the score at 64-64 as regulation time expired.
The Lions scored first in the three minute overtime quarter with a lay-up, but couldn’t convert the three-point play. Hair gave the Tigers the lead with his sixth trifecta of the game with 2:02 to play in OT. Mt. Ida answered with another lay-up and for the second straight play couldn’t convert the three-point play after being fouled on the shot. Jackson put the Tigers back on top, 69-68 with 1:10 to play. Hair added one-of-two from the stripe to add a point to the total, 70-68, with :39.6 left in OT. The Lions answered with a coast-to-coast lay-up with :30 showing on the clock. Jackson didn’t disappoint the Senior Night crowd as he pulled up in the paint with just :03 on the clock, and drained the 14-foot jumper as time expired to give the seniors and the Tigers a 72-70 overtime victory.
Morgan Hair led all-scorers with 27 points, while Sky Jackson finished with 24 points. Justin Hogan scored 16 points, while Ashton Pardun and Ethan Bird each added two points. Riley Carter rounded out the Tigers scoring with one point. The Tigers shot 63% from the stripe (10-of-16) while the Lions shot 73% hitting 11-of-15.