The Tigers started a busy week of games with an overtime win vs Coal City.
The Tigers seem to have a penchant for overtime games in this abbreviated season. The Tigers have played three already this young season, fortunately they have come out on top in two of the three contests.
The Tigers battled Coal City and won a tight conference battle. The Tigers were lead in scoring by Joe Holohan who had 18 points and Camden Berns had 17. The Tigers improved to 4-2 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.
The Tigers were back in action in less than 24 hours following their overtime tilt vs Coal City this time against the Streator Bulldogs. The Tigers and Bulldogs engaged in an excellent high school basketball game with the Tigers coming out on top 62-57.
The game was a back-and-forth affair filled with fast pace action. The two teams offered contrasting styles with Streator favoring a more interior presence and the Tigers favoring a more guard-oriented approach. The Tigers rode their perimeter focused approach to the tune of knocking down 11 three pointers. The Tigers knocked down 4 threes in the first quarter and were ahead 17-10 after the first quarter.
Streator responded using their size and overwhelming Herscher a bit on the interior in the second period closing their halftime deficit to just 28-24. The tempo picked up a bit in the second half and the game was a seesaw affair in the second half, with both teams trading leads in the final quarter. The Tigers were able to make a couple key stops and hit their free throws down the stretch to pull out the victory.
The Tigers used a balanced scoring effort throughout the evening lead by Bascom Jackson’s Joe Holohan, and Trey Schwarzkopf’s team leading 15, 14, and 13 points respectively. Herscher had another unexpected helping hand in helping lead their victory, their fans! Although, the number of student fans are severely limited due to COVID restrictions, the student section made up for their lack of numbers with their boisterous voices. Herscher has always had good fan participation, from their student body, as it turns out that is one thing COVID hasn’t changed.
The Tigers couldn’t carry their momentum over to their next game losing vs Wilmington on Friday night. The Tigers were playing their third game in four nights and at times you could tell. The Tigers appeared a step slow, especially defensively. The Tigers fell behind 38-27 but appeared to be making a come back only trailing 51-46 entering the 4th quarter. However, the Tigers simply ran out of gas, falling 72-57 to a good Wildcat squad. The Tigers were lead in scoring by Joe Holohan’s eleven points. The Tigers drop to 5-3 on the season and 4-2 in conference play.