By DOUG EADS
After playing their first six games on the road, the Campbellsville-Somerset Tigers finally got to play a home game on Tuesday night at Somerset Christian School, and Al Gover’s club certainly gave the home town fans some excitement, even if it did come in a tough loss.
Facing off against Campbellsville-Harrodsburg for the second time in as many nights, the home-standing Tigers fell behind by 22 points early in the second half, and then put forth a furious rally only to fall short by an 86-83 margin.
Campbellsville-Somerset was plagued by 23 turnovers for the contest, along with a rough night from the charity stripe, only converting on 16-28 free throw attempts for an ice-cold 57.1 percent.
On a night when a team is trying to rally from a 20-point-plus deficit, taking care of the basketball and converting at the charity stripe are a must, and the home-standing Tigers didn’t do either in their home opener, falling to 0-7 on the season.
“Taking care of the basketball has been one of our bugaboos for most of the year, and free throws is where we’re usually pretty decent at,” stated head coach Al Gover after the contest. “But turning the ball over has been a bugaboo of ours, and we just have got to get stronger in handling the basketball.”
Former Somerset and Wayne County standout Daniel Coldiron tallied 13 of his team-high 19 points in the first half, while Titus Ransom also poured in 19 points for the home team.
Former Southwestern star Hunter Stevens — who did not play in the first half — gave Campbellsville-Somerset a huge lift off the bench, scoring all 18 of his points after the intermission, in leading the Tigers comeback bid.
AJ Thomas also hit for double figures with 10 points, but it would not be enough, as Ransom’s three-point attempt just before the final horns sounded went down in the basket and bounced out, keeping Campbellsville-Somerset winless on the season.
“I credit my kids for the second half, because they played their guts out,” pointed out Gover. “I can’t ask for anything more than effort, and it’s our first year and we’re learning as we go.”
“We’re trying to figure out the college game as far as the intensity level and those type of things, and I think we’re doing better, but it’s a growing process,” added the Campbellsville-Somerset head coach. “As long as the kids work hard, I think we’ll be just fine.”
Campbellsville-Somerset will have one more game before the Christmas break.
Next Tuesday night Gover and company will travel to the Queen City to take on UC-Clermont.