BLUE MOUNTAIN • The first and fourth quarters hampered Hickory Flat's chances to pick up their first win of the season on Tuesday. The Rebels saw Blue Mountain build a 14-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game and placed themselves in a hole, one they could not recover from as the Cougars came away with a 55-42 win.
Hickory Flat found themselves down just 16-8 at the end of the first, using a 6-0 run to get their feet under them. In the second, freshman Logan King buried a three-pointer with 4:49 left to bring the score to 18-13. A quick 5-0 spurt by the Cougars had them leading by 10 with 3:03 to play but the Rebels answered, closing the first half on a 6-0 run to cut the halftime deficit to 25-21.
Blue Mountain opened the second half on a 6-0 scoring run to build back a double-digit advantage. Again, the Rebels responded, this time with a 7-0 run capped by a Landen Wilkerson three-point basket with 3:36 left in the third. A trio of layups from Jonah Baker, Drew Wilson and Alex Tatum sent the Rebels into the fourth quarter tied with the Cougars at 35-35.
11 seconds into the fourth quarter, Blue Mountain scored on a layup that proved to be the go-ahead bucket. Blue Mountain senior Trent Gray took over the fourth quarter after battling foul trouble all night. Gray scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the final quarter, including a span of three-straight and-one opportunities. The Rebels scored just seven points in the final eight minutes with just one made field goal.
Baker and Lane Gordon led the way in the scoring department for the Rebels. Gordon scored a team-high 11 points on 9-12 shooting from the free throw line. Baker pitched in 10 points, eight of which coming in the second half.
The Rebels return to action on Friday at Jumpertown.