Tigers bounce back from loss at Saugatuck to beat Kalamazoo Hackett

Gala Rock • galarock@yahoo.com
Gobles Trevor King goes up strong for the layup against Saugatuck in Friday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference boys basketball action.  King scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Tigers’ 67-56 loss to the Indians.  Tigers Rock Photography/Gala Rock

   The Gobles boys basketball team traveled to Saugatuck Friday night for a Southwestern Athletic Conference game, missing some key players. Karsen Tackett was out due to illness and Mike Fifer was on respite with a sprained ankle. 
   The Tigers and Indians were all knotted up at 29 apiece after the first half of play. It all came down to the final quarter of the game, where Gobles was outscored 21-11, and lost the game 67-56.
   “We seemed to have the game at the cusp of going on a run all game until the fourth quarter,” said Gobles Coach Scott Sherrod. “It’s one I’d love to play again with our full team; but I have to give Saugatuck credit for coming ready to compete. We hope to have the full team back with some big games next week.”  
   Nevertheless, Gobles’ Jake Getman scored 21 points, and Hunter Tenbusschen contributed 20 points and six assists. Trevor King with nine points and eight rebounds, and Brady Burnell with six points and seven rebounds, rounded out the scoring.


   On Tuesday night, the Tigers played Kalamazoo Hackett, a defensive battle for both teams. Gobles had the lead for most of the game, which came down to the final 10 seconds, when Karsen Tackett made the go-ahead lay up. Tackett then added a pair of free throws to seal the Tigers’39-36 victory.
   Gobles’ Brady Burnell was a beast all around; recording a triple double. Burnell scored 13 points, had 12 rebounds, and 11 blocks in leading the Tigers.
   “Tonight was a gritty performance by both Karsen Tackett and Mike Fifer, coming back while still recovering from sickness and a tender ankle,” said Sherrod. “We led most of the game; but again, made it interesting and almost spoiled Brady Burnell’s triple double. It was easily the best game Burnell played in his high school career.”
   King and Getman each had eight points on the night.

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