Davenport Nets 22 But Lions Fall In Classic Opener
Courier Sports Report
SANDESTIN, Fla. – Justin Davenport’s potential game-tying 3-poiner was just off the mark with less than 30 seconds remaining and Cannon County, forced to foul down the stretch, suffered a 64-57 setback to Mandeville (La.) High School in the opening game of the Sandestin Beach Basketball Classic Monday.
Davenport led Cannon County (9-5) with 22 points, followed by Colin Jones with 12 and Jared Nave added 11. Generally an outstanding free-throw shooting team, Cannon County’s inability to knock down charity tosses hampered its chances of success. The Lions were just 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the free-throw line.
“We came out ready to play and we did a good job early and throughout the game, but we killed ourselves at the free-throw line,” Cannon County Head Coach Matt Rigsby said. “Mandeville is a quality team and that’s the type of competition you want to see in these tournaments. We had many opportunities to win the game but we couldn’t hit free throws and we had some mental lapses on the defensive end that hurt us.”
The Lionettes open tournament play against Paxton (13-1) Tuesday at 2:30 p.m.