After being down 11 points in the third quarter, Piedmont decided they wanted to get on the same page and capture a hard fought victory over Shawnee. The Wolves missed a last second three and the Wildcats escaped with a 50-47 victory.
Tuesday night started off at a snails pace. Neither team was able to reach double digits until late in the quarter. A tightly called game by the referees played into the pace, as neither team was able to establish a rhythm. While there was no rhythm, Piedmont was able to keep themselves in the game with some strong rebounding.
The teams traded baskets throughout the second. Shawnee’s defensive pressure flustered the Wildcat ball handlers at times and Wolf defenders drew charges at will. Despite their offensive struggles, Piedmont kept themselves in the game with effort on the defensive end of the floor. Cameron Peters tied things up before the teams headed to the locker room by hitting a floater at the buzzer.
Shawnee came out of the break on a tear and turned a 25-25 tie into a 37-26 Shawnee lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter. A Kendell Franklin jumper ended an almost three minute Wildcat scoring drought and Piedmont started to chip away at the Wolf lead. Offensive pressure by Franklin, Peters and Darrius Burris helped Piedmont battle back into the contest and the Wildcats trailed by just three headed into the final frame.
Burris and Franklin continued to be offensive sparks for Piedmont at the start of the fourth but the Wildcat defense was the name of the game. Piedmont held Shawnee scoreless for almost three minutes and a pair of Tanner Larson free throws helped Piedmont take a 44-42 lead before the Wolves tied it up again. Adrion Williams helped Piedmont take another two-point lead and helped the Wildcat defense put the clamps on the Wolves. The inside presence of Piedmont’s bigs proved to be too much with 14 seconds remaining. Shawnee got four shots off in the paint but couldn’t convert. Williams walked to the line after corralling a rebound to hit two more free throws and secure the victory for Piedmont. Read more →