HALLSVILLE — When the chips were on the line, Spring Hill got help from an unlikely source. Sophomore shooting guard Tyrese Jones busted a pair of clutch 3-pointers down the stretch as the Panthers held off a gallant Hallsville charge in a 63-56 win here at Bobcat Coliseum.
The state-ranked Panthers improve to 9-1 on the season and prepare for a weekend tournament at Hardin-Jefferson. The Bobcats, who drop to 1-4 on the year, are in Glen Rose this weekend for tournament play.
Spring Hill connected on eight of 14 from the floor in the first eight minutes, including five from beyond the arc, building a 23-12 advantage. Taylor Dishman started the 3-point barrage. Tyler Caron then hit a trifecta from way downtown, while Kyren Miller drained consecutive threes.
Jones, who finished the evening with 15 points all from behind the black line, canned his first with under a minute to play in the first period as the Panthers took their first double-digit lead at 23-12.
It was Jones’ second missile with 5:46 to go in the half that pushed Spring Hill to a 14-point lead, which would be the largest lead of the night for the Panthers at 26-12.
The Bobcats were able to narrow the gap to a dozen before the break with back-to-back 3-pointers from Derrion Harris and John Coffey.
Caron, who dropped in 14 points for the Panthers, double-clutched on a baseline swish at 5:27 to keep the Bobcats at bay. Hallsville sophomore Benjamin Samples stepped up huge in the third with a couple extra-pointers as the Bobcats made their charge.
Hallsville hammered the offensive boards as Ty Huff made good on a driving layup and subsequent free throw at 1:49 as the Bobcats pulled within three at 42-39. Brock Puckett scored on a putback layup with seven seconds to go and the deficit was trimmed to a 45-44 heading to the fourth.
Samples, who led all scorers with 16 points, kept the pedal to the metal after Jeremy Swalley’s long-range jumper squared the game at 47-all two minutes deep into the fourth. Samples gave Hallsville its first lead since early in the first quarter when he rained in a three at 5:49 for a 50-49 advantage.
Spring Hill got consecutive buckets from Casey Mudoh to regain control. The second Mudoh layup was a nifty up-and-under on a sweet bounce feed from Caron at 5:13 to make it 53-50.
After Samples sank a pair from the line to keep things interesting at 55-54 with 3:34 to play, the Panthers went on a 6-0 run as Jones cranked a trey after Caron drove and dished. Spring Hill, looking to work the clock, got a nice driving bucket from Caron at 1:47 and the lead swelled to a half dozen.
Jones provided the ultimate dagger from deep with 1:20 to play and a 63-54 cushion. Samples closed the score with a converted layup following a steal near midcourt.
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