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Tioga High ends drought vs. Peabody Magnet, wins 63-58

February 15, 2014
Peabody Magnet High School



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Senior point guard Martin Ramirez of Tioga contributed 13 points and some clutch offensive play, often shedding double-team pressure to control the ball. He climaxed a powerful second quarter, when Tioga outscored Peabody 20-3, by hitting a blind fall-away 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer.

“That was a lucky shot that went in,” said Ramirez. “It gave us some momentum going into the second half.”

Epps scored just two free throws and no field goals in the second half. Tioga didn’t make a field goal after Hall hit a layup with 3:20 remaining.

Ramirez, Cobb and Hall, all guards, hit eight of 12 free throws down the stretch for Tioga.

“We got off to a slow start, fought back in the first quarter and in the second quarter let it slip away again,” said Peabody coach Charles Smith, who was missing from the bench early in the third quarter, he said, because he got “a little overheated” and needed to go to the locker room to get some water.

He returned to the bench with 5:59 left in the third quarter, when Russell soon wowed everyone with a 360-degree spin move on the way to a layup to climax a fast break.

“He’s going to be something special,” Brasher said of Russell. “He grew up tonight.”

Smith said his team outplayed Tioga in the second half, “but we dug ourselves too deep a hole.”

He said Brasher, who played for him on the undefeated 2004 state championship team, “has done an outstanding job since he’s been at Tioga.

“It helps,” he added, “having a 6-9 kid who can dominate the game.”


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