Hoptown Comeback Bid Falls Short Against Father Tolton

The Hopkinsville Tigers found themselves down by as many as 25 points in Friday’s meeting with Missouri’s Father Tolton Catholic High School, before falling just short with a comeback bid to lose 68-65 at the Machens Great 8 Classic.  The Tigers drop their second game in the Jefferson City, MO tourney, slipping to 8-5 overall.  Father Tolton wins its 8th-straight to improve to 8-1 on the year.

James Nicholas scored 8 first-quarter points for the Tigers, but the Trailblazers Nate Schwartze put up 9 to help Father Tolton to a 18-16 lead.

The Tigers went cold in the second, with Jacarius Burks scoring 5 of their 9 points.  The Trailblazers added 7 points to their advantage to take a 34-25 lead into halftime.

Deuce Tatum scored 7 and Coban Porter had 6 to build the Trailblazer lead to as many as 25 in the third quarter.  Don Victor chipped in 6 for the Tigers, but they trailed by 21 with one quarter to play.

Hoptown launched its comeback with a strong defensive effort, holding the Trailblazers to only 9 points over the final 8 minutes.  Nicholas and Burks spearheaded the Tiger attack, putting up 9 and 6 points, respectively, to cut the margin to single digits.  However, they ran out of time and Father Tolton held on for the 3-point victory.

Nicholas’ game-high 20 led the Tigers, followed by Burks with 13, and Victor with 10.

Schwartze finished with 18 to lead the Trailblazers, while Porter scored 16, and Tatum had 13.