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Collins rode its size and athleticism to a 47-43 win over host Anderson County in a 30th District game on Friday night.
The Titans forced 16 Anderson turnovers, turning many into easy layups, including a crucial steal by Dee Marshall with Anderson trailing 38-36 and possessing the ball under its own basket with 2:05 to play. Anderson rallied to tie things at 41 with 57.8 seconds left, but Collins freshman Raphael Stone converted a three-point play with 41.3 seconds remaining. Stone had picked up a loose ball, the third Titan shot on the series.
Trailing 46-43, Anderson's Erik Newton missed a 3-point attempt 2ith 4.5 seconds to play.
“The positive was that we were close,” said Anderson coach Glen Drury, whose team was a decided underdog. However, Drury lamented his team's failure to do the little things such as meeting passes and getting to loose balls that could have made the difference. Anderson fell to 5-6 and 0-1 in district play.
“We had hoped our defense would be the difference,” said Collins coach Curtis Turley. Collins improved to 10-4 and 2-0.
Marshall led all scorers with 15 points. Logan Woodside paced Anderson with 14.
Anderson will play at another district foe, Eminence, on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
For a complete report, see the Jan. 12 edition of The Anderson News.