The Caldwell County Tigers won three straight to claim the Agrigold Christmas Tournament.
Teams from around the area played two full days of basketball and the Tigers walked away with a little extra cheer just three days before the holiday.
Jabrion Spikes stacked up 30 points in Caldwell’s first game of the tournament, to give the Tigers the 63-53 edge over Mayfield.
Caldwell kept the margin slim, closing out the first frame up by only two, 15-13.
By halftime the Tigers had a two basket cushion 28-24 with Spikes putting up 20 of Caldwell’s 28 points.
Dewey Riley used double-digit rebounds paired with 10 points to give the Tigers the 10-point lead they would finish the game with.
Carter Whittington posted his eight points over the second half to finish the Cardinals off 63-53. Spikes also led the team with 12 of the 30 total rebounds.
Spikes exploded in the second game, ending the night with 44 points to lead Caldwell in the 86-71 win over Bethlehem.
Matt Fraliex still holds the highest points ever scored in a game with 49 with a total of five games he broke the 40-point threshold.
Assistant Coach Dustin Cash holds the second highest with 48 points from the Feb. 9, 2001 game.
Fraliex, who tied Cash with 48, also broke the 40-point mark with a total of four games in his high school career.
Recent graduates, Derrin Boyd and Tripp Branch are also in the over 40-point club.
The Tigers used a 41-27 lead built in the first half paired with an explosive third quarter to put the Eagles away. Carter Whittington was the only other Tiger to break into double digits with 10 for the night.
Spikes also collected 15 of the team’s 31 rebounds.
Caldwell met up with the Agrigold host in the championship, McLean County. Until last Thursday night’s game, McLean had only been dealt two losses.
A 41-51 loss from local rival Trigg County, who also managed to slip past the Tigers in their first season clash and a good Grace Christian Academy team out of Franklin Tennessee, 47-66.
It seemed the Cougars planned to keep Spikes from doing what he had done the previous night, holding him to just 6 points. Caldwell used freshman Collin Whittington and senior Dewey RIley to get the job done.
Collin Whittington led the Tigers with 13 points, while Riley added 12 and led the Tigers in rebounds with 6.
Caldwell only managed to snag 21 rebounds in the contest, total.
The Tigers held a 5 point margin at the end of the first frame, 12-7. McLean did manage to trim that just a hair, 25-21 going into half-time.
Things looked to be a go after the third quarter with the Tigers leading by as much as 13 at one point.
Caldwell went into the fourth quarter up 11, 42-31.
A 10-point spree threatened to spoil the Tigers hard work with the Cougars putting up 16 points in the final minutes of the game.
Caldwell used 2 free throws and 2 buckets to hold on to the lead 48-47 and claim the title from hosting McLean County.