Young Cougars and Mohawks Put on Show at HOF Classic

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Plaques honoring the four 2014 inductees into the RHS Sports Hall of Fame, Don Sinko, Les McKeel, Paul Temerian and Rudy Pruett, were presented to family representatives during Saturday's schedule of games in the annual Hall of Fame Classic. Accepting the plaques for display in the organization's trophy case in the RHS gymnasium were, from left: Peggy Grimes, sister of Don Sinkok; Sharon Casey, daughter of Les McKeel; Lura Temerian, wife of Paul Temerian, and Jess Bucy, longtime friend and former player of Rudy Pruett's.

The Cougar and Mohawk junior high and seventh grade boys' teams played two of the most competitive, and fun, games from the annual Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame Classic Saturday at the RHS gymnasium. Prior to Saturday night's finale' the class of 2014 was also recognized.

In the seventh grade contest, Rector emerged with a 31-27 win in overtime.

Piggott overcame a six-point deficit in the second 15-minute half with key baskets from Holden Tarno, Jackson Henfling, Michael Palmer, Cooper Harris and Ben Holcomb, forcing a 25-25 tie at the end of regulation.

Piggott's Ben Holcomb and Rector's Max Ford hustle for a loose ball during the seventh grade matchup between the Mohawks and the Cougars during the RHS Hall of Fame Classic on Saturday.

The extra frame belonged to the Cougars, however, as Rector rattled off six straight points to start the extra two minute session. Kale Hardin got things started with a bucket under the goal, and Shannon Patterson stole the pass on the ensuing play, breaking away for a layup in transition. Max Ford added the finishing touches with a hustle basket, scoring on a putback with 48 seconds left in the contest.

Palmer scored on a runner for the Mohawks at the buzzer.

Full statistics for the contest were unavailable, but the game served to create a good, competitive atmosphere, setting the tone for the junior high matchup.

Piggott held on for a 39-38 win over Rector in the junior contest, as a buzzer-beater attempt by the Junior Cougars missed the mark at the conclusion of an exciting game.

Piggott led 32-27 heading into the fourth frame, but Rector fought back with deadeye three-point shooting, as Hunter McNeely hit a pair and Kirk Beshears and Sam Simmons added one each. McNeely's second trey, with 1:46 remaining in the contest, set the final in place.

Rector missed a one-and-one opportunity at the line and a deep three-pointer in the waning seconds. The Junior Mohawks missed the front end of three one-and-ones in the final 1:13, but held on for the win.

Brier Staples and Spencer Hardin paced the Junior Mohawks with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Also scoring for Piggott were Josh Lyman 6, Trey Gossett 3, Quentin Reeves 2, Elijah Bellers 2, Dylan Bellers 2 and Brett Burns 1.

Beshears led Rector with 11 points on the afternoon. Also scoring for the Junior Cougars were McNeely 9, Simmons 9, David Hatfield 4, Trey Rodden 3 and Hunter Householder 2.

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