The Rich Hill Tigers took to the court on Saturday night to play for third place after a disappointing loss on Thursday night. The opponent for the game would be the Adrian Blackhawks who the Tigers had met once before in the conference tournament this year. After making some adjustments in Friday’s practice the Tigers felt they were ready to play. The team came out with more energy and took an early lead 8-2 only to see the Blackhawks make a run of their own and by the end of the first quarter the two teams were tied 13-13.
The second quarter both teams were determined not to bend and went basket for basket and at the half the teams left the court tied 26-26.
Both teams made their halftime adjustments but made little difference as both teams kept pace but with the Blackhawks able to get a one point lead at the quarter and led 41-40 over the Tigers.
In the fourth quarter the Tigers seemed to gain a little momentum and got a lead of six points with about a minute left. Adrian came down and the Tigers forced them to use a lot of clock by playing good defense but the Blackhawks were able to produce a trey which closed the gap to three points. With the Tigers inbounding the ball they turned it over which gave the team from Adrian the chance they needed they worked the ball quickly looking for an open three and got it and missed. The rebound went long and Adrian was able to gather it in and launched another trey attempt and this one found the bottom of the bucket which tied the score. The Tigers took a timeout and set up their play with 1.5 showing on the clock. The long pass found it’s mark and a quick shot just barely missed sending the game into overtime.
In overtime the Tigers were able to hold the Blackhawks to just one field goal while hitting 7/12 free throws and winning the third place trophy in the Archie Tournament. The Tigers were able to get back to pushing the offense up court and playing better defense. The Tigers placed three players in double figures in scoring for the game. After the Championship game it was announced that two Tigers were selected to the all tournament for the boys and they were Dalton Smarr and Kolby Steuck.