The final contest in Friday's West Kentucky Hoops Classic at the CAB gym saw Caldwell County's boys squad battle the Clarksville Northeast Eagles to the wire, but the Eagles held the edge and earned the victory.
The two-day tournament finished up with an 8 p.m. Tipoff between the Tigers and the Clarksville squad. The Tigers entered the contest with a 9-3 record, fresh off victories against Fulton City Thursday afternoon and Brighton, Tenn., Thursday night. Clarksville had also logged a victory Thursday with a win over Booker T. Washington High from Memphis.
The Eagles led through the majority of Friday's matchup, but the Tigers remained within reach, ending the first quarter down 16-11 but battling back to within three at halftime, finishing the half 29-26.
An early three-pointer in the third tied the match, but Clarksville soon retook control and held the lead through the rest of the contest, ending with a 71-62 win.
Tiger scorers were led by Derrin Boyd, who logged 27 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. Tripp Branch added 11 points and five rebounds. Other scorers included Cayden Fraliex with six, Jamarius Blaine and John Davis with five each, T.J. Ray with four, and Adarius Riley and Cole Smiley with two apiece.
The Tigers shot just under 47 percent from the field, including a five-for-19 performance from the three-point line.
Clarksville had three scorers in double digits — Ty Jackson with 20, Jaylan Miller with 16 and Josh Alexander with 13. Tamerio Vereen led on the boards with eight total rebounds.
After a break for the New Year, the Tigers return to action Friday with a home contest against Dawson Springs. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in the CAB gym.