Valdosta Daily Times

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November 20, 2012

Cooper tournament tips off

Lowndes, Valdosta teams victorious in Monday’s games


VALDOSTA — Griffin boys 74, Lowndes 58

The Lowndes boys’ basketball team couldn’t get coach Kingston Clark his 101st win at Lowndes Monday night.

After winning his 100th game as the Vikings’ coach Saturday night at Tattnall County, Clark and his Vikings fell to the Griffin Bears 74-58 in the final game of Day 1 of the Charles Cooper Tip-off Classic.

The Vikings led just once in the game, and couldn’t stop the Bears, especially late.

Tremayne Tippins led Lowndes with 16 points, while Justin Williams added 13. Larry Brown and Eric Henderson each finished with eight.

The first quarter was filled with plenty of fouls by both teams. Griffin fouled so much it was in the double bonus by the 2:20 mark of the first quarter.

That allowed Lowndes to attempt at a free throw with every Bear foul. Despite the ability to go to the line, the Vikings managed just nine points from the charity stripe for the remainder of the half.

Griffin led by just three points following the first quarter (14-11), but separated itself in the second quarter by using a 10-0 run across two minutes to lead 30-18.

In the second half, fouls weren’t as much of an issue, early on, as they were in then first half. Both teams managed to play the majority of the third quarter without fouling on another.

With the teams running up and down the court, the Vikings closed within four points, 42-38, before Griffin re-extended its lead to over 10 points early in the fourth quarter.

In the final quarter, the Bears outscored the Vikings 25-16 to secure the win.

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