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Metter sweeps Treutlen
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    METTER — The Metter Tigers (3-4) took their biggest lead of the game on a Jamar Mosley foul shot with 30.6 seconds remaining to go up by seven and held on to beat non-region Treutlen County 59-54 Tuesday night.
    With the score tied at 47 and 3:30 remaining on the clock, Josh Ellis hit a free throw to put the Tigers up by one, and they never looked back. Mosley racked up eight-straight points in the final 3:00 and Metter forced bad shots by TCHS to preserve the lead.             “Right there at the end, I thought we were able to get to the basket,” said Tiger coach Brian Hall. “We were shooting jump shots every time down. (Mosley) stepped up and made some big easy baskets that some of the guards created for them. We shot layups toward the end, and made them shoot jump shots.”
    Metter was helped out when Viking big man Rod Tinsley (14 points, 6 rebounds) fouled out with 5:14 remaining in regulation. Tinsley’s presence underneath allowed Treutlen to score easy points under the basket and prevented the Tigers from getting anything going from the post.
    “(Tinsley fouling out) helped,” Hall said. “It helped us on the boards, because he was hurting us on the offensive boards. We knew if we could get him to come out of the zone, we could get past their guards. That helped us a lot.”
    The contest was tight from the opening tipoff, with neither team taking more than a six-point lead until the final minute.
    Guard Josh Ellis gave the Tigers an early 3-0 lead with an outside jumper, but the Vikings matched the MHS intensity and trailed just 12-11 heading into the second quarter.
    Nathan Mason sank a layup to start the second by giving TCHS a 13-12 lead, but the Tigers took advantage of a seven-point run to regain the lead 19-13. The Vikings fought back and got back on top on a Tinsley layup, but Metter outscored Treutlen 7-4 — including an Ellis 3-pointer - to close the first half with a 26-24 lead.
    The game saw the lead change hands six times overall and was knotted up on four separate occasions.
    Metter had four players reach double digits in scoring. Mosley led the way with a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds), Ellis and Geoffery Thurman each added 11 and Dillian Lawrence netted 10.
    Treutlen point guard Jekori Mills led all scorers with 21 points, including three 3’s, and Tinsley’s 14 made him the only other Viking scorer in double digits.
    Treutlen County turned over the ball 16 times in the game, and Metter out-rebounded the Vikings 27-20.
    The Tigers return to the hardwood when they head to Sylvania for the Screven County Christmas Tournament that starts on Thursday. They tip off the first round against Emanuel County Institute. The girls’ matchup starts at 4 p.m. and the boys face off against the Bulldogs at 5:30.

Lady Tigers 53, Lady Vikings 32
    The Metter Lady Tigers (5-2) led by as many as 26 as they dominated the visiting Treutlen County Lady Vikings in a 53-32 win Tuesday in Metter.
    The Tigers have been hurt in the early going of the season due to five injuries that have had a large impact on the performance of the team. While still not 100 percent healthy, the girls are all able to contribute.
    “The rotation off the bench has really helped us,” said Lady Tiger coach Dewayne Davis. “I’m able to play all 11 girls in uniform throughout the course of the basketball game to get them regular breathers. I try to rotate them every three to four minutes depending on how they are playing on the floor. If we look like we are fatigued, I try to roll them out.”
    Being healthy underneath is especially important for Metter as they dominated the boards, out-rebounding the Vikings 46-24 with forwards Amy Nagel and Kanisha Parris combining for 13 points and 22 rebounds. Brooke Williams came off the bench to contribute with eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
    “Right now, (Nagel and Parris) are the two tallest post players I’ve got,” said Davis. “I think I am fortunate to have three big girls, as far as that can play down in the post. We can go tall inside, as far as to go heavy with another team. The combination of those three girls gives me an opportunity to stay big and play really physical around the glass.”
    Alayna Davis was as dominant from the guard position, amassing seven steals, six rebounds and two blocked shots to compliment her game-leading 14 points. Parris grabbed seven points, and Nagel and guard Tess Fordham each added six for the Tigers.
    Sherlonda Anderson led Treutlen with seven points, and Breanna McLendon added six.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9404.