Livingston Academy's boys were the overwhelming preseason favorite to capture the District 8-AA regular-season title in 2011-12.
They continued to demonstrate why during a 58-36 win at Cannon County Friday (Jan. 6).
Livingston Academy's inside attack with 6-foot-9 Logan Ramsey and 6-8 Mason Ramsey gives the Wildcats a post advantage on most league opponents, and the brother tandem combined to equal the Lions' entire team Friday.
Logan Ramsey scored 28 points and added nine rebounds to lead the Wildcats, and Mason Ramsey added eight before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.
Livingston Academy improved to 11-5 overall and remained atop District 8-AA with a 4-0 mark.
"Livingston Academy is an outstanding basketball team and they have the talent to make another deep postseason run this year," Cannon County Head Coach Matt Rigsby said. "They are an experienced team with a lot of quality players returning that were solid last year so you always know it's going to be tough. They were able to get a lot of rebounds and they attacked us inside."
Cannon County failed to have a player reach double figures for the second straight game. Cory Henley and Jarrett Melton, who returned to the court after missing one game with a heel injury, led the Lions (6-14, 1-4) with nine points. Tommy Mitchell finished with six, Justin Tobin five and Tanner Larson added four.
The Lions shot 41 percent (12-of-29) for the game but they were much better from the field in the second when they put together a run. After shooting 4-of-14, including 0-of-4 in the second quarter, Cannon County was 8-of-15 (53 percent) in the second half. Although the Lions shot 42 percent (5-of-12) from 3-point range, they were just 8-of-15 (47 percent) from the charity stripe.
Cannon County fell behind 30-14 at halftime after scoring just three points and failing to hit a field goal in the second quarter but their competitive approach enabled them to cut the deficit to 11 early in the fourth quarter. Livingston Academy, which shot 52 percent (23-of-44) from the field, and 86 percent (12-of-14) from the free-throw line, won the second half 28-22.
"I was pleased with the way the guys came out and competed in the second half," Rigsby said. "We showed some fight and made a little run, but we were just too far behind. We played better defense in the second half but we left some shooters open and gave up too many offensive rebounds. Good teams make you pay for those things."