Tigers dismantle Dawson Springs at the CAB

Six three-pointers in a half. Nearly 50 team points in a half.

The highest scoring game of the season, and every Tiger that played scored.

Home, sweet home.

In their third game in four days, head coach Daniel Kukahiko and the Caldwell County Tigers dismantled Dawson Springs (12-15) on Thursday night 89-60 in Princeton behind a stelar effort from Cayden Fraliex, who scored 18 points with 13 in the first half.

JaBrion Spikes added 11 points, Tripp Branch and T.J. Ray chipped in 10 points apiece, Jude East scored eight, Jasean Riley penciled in seven and Cole Smiley had eight.

12 Tigers would play in the game overall, needing just nine total points from JaMarius Blaine and Adarius Riley.

Dawson Springs got 15 points from Braxton Cotton and 11 from Landon Pace.

Suddenly, the Caldwell County Tigers (12-14) have won three straight games, and for the first time since basketball Homecoming night on January 10, they played it at the CAB Gymnasium in Princeton after capping off one of the more memorable extended road tours in recent Tiger memory, not to mention a throwback game 48 hours prior at the old Butler Gymnasium.

It was 10 straight games on the road for the Tigers including the All-A Region 2 Tournament that Caldwell almost won against University Heights Academy.

The Tigers' 89-point effort was their largest output of the season, topping their 82-point game against Hopkins Central in early January.

Dawson Springs had been surging hot, winners of their last three basketball games prior, but the Tigers put a stop to the Panthers largest winning streak of the season on this night.

The Tigers also took down Dawson Springs handedly 75-70 on Dec. 19 at Dawson Springs in one of their final games before Christmas where four Caldwell County players wound up in double figures, and seven scored at least seven points.

The Panthers did defeat Trigg County the game prior, proving just how challenging and surprising this game could end up being.

The Tigers have not lost to Dawson Springs since January 3 of 2020.

Fraliex gave the Tigers their first lead at 3-2 with a triple and Branch came through moments later from the left side with another 3-pointer at 6-2.

Riley took advantage of a fast break to keep the 8-0 run going and the defensive pressure on the other side of the basketball took care of the rest.

Blaine and Caldwell County would eventually finish a 12-0 run as quickly as Dawson Springs started out with the 2-0 lead, as Landon Pace finally stopped the bleeding at 12-4 on a runner.

Caldwell County's defensive effort was as impressive as it has been all season long in stretches, and Riley made it a 13-point Tiger lead late in the first quarter on the way to a 21-13 edge heading to the second frame after a 5-0 answer from the Panthers.

Dawson Springs trimmed the 13-point deficit to six until Spikes got the Tigers on the board for the second frame playing the point guard duties.

T.J. Ray reeled in the third triple of the first half for the Tigers to go back up double digits, and Branch (his second three) followed suit with Fraliex for the fourth and fifth 3-pointers of the half back to back to have an unprecedented eight Tigers in the scoring column midway through two.

Fraliex would make it a 17-point lead with the sixth three of the half for the Tigers, and the Tigers led by as many as 23 in the first half with just two turnovers in 24 minutes on the way to a 49-26 halftime lead on the heels of a Jesean Riley buzzer beater.

Wire to wire, this was one of the best performances all around the Tigers have had.

Fraliex would score his 18th point early in the third quarter on his third 3-pointer, and a 30-point game ensued in one of Caldwell's most explosive offensive starts to date.

The Panthers played better early in the third quarter would get within no closer but than 20 points the rest of the way, as Riley made good on his first 3-pointer of the season.

A technical on Panthers coach Jim Hicks would wake up the Panthers a bit, but the Tigers never let loose of their grasp the rest of the way at 69-44 after three frames despite 10 fouls in the stanza.

T.J. Ray nailed a triple after he dazzled inside with great footwork to get to the rim on a euro-step to highlight the fourth quarter and keep the lead at 20-plus as several reserves finished out the game to earn experience for the Tigers, including Demarius Thompson, Giovante Riley, Carter Whittington and Jesean Riley for the 29-point win.

The Tigers would continue their five-game home stand to close the regular season on Friday night with Trigg County.

The Tigers would host University Height Academy on Tuesday night, then will look to close out the 2019-2020 regular season in style on Thursday night in a double header with Livingston Central.

Perry, Lyons knock off Union County Friday night

Travis Perry went for 39 points (five 3-pointers and eight free throw makes in nine attempts) a few nights later on Friday night in an 89-69 triumph at Union County.

The Lyons (18-9) would also get 18 points from Brady Shoulders, nine points from Jackson Shoulders and eight points from Nick Whalin, with six points from Luke Gilbert.

Kaleb Kanipe led Union County (9-17) with 21 points, while Izaiah Manuel had 19 for the Union County squad.

The Lyons held a 20-16 lead on the road after the first eight minutes, and never trailed from there, taking a 43-34 halftime lead before a 31-15 explosive run in the third quarter to go up 74-49 heading to the fourth frame.

The Lyons were outscored 20-15 in the fourth quarter by Union County, but it wouldn't matter.

Lyon County has now won eight of their last nine games with their Saturday matchup against Clarksville canceled.

In Lyon County's 20-point win to get to nine games above .500 for the season, Brady Shoulders would have one of his best games of his young career with five 3-pointers on the way to his 18 points.