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Eagles’ boys take step back

SALEM — After a convincing win over Oconee Christian Academy on Tuesday in Seneca, the Tamassee-Salem boys’ basketball team picked up its first loss of the year with a 58-46 defeat at the hands of Liberty High School.

The Eagles (1-1) got off to a slow start, much like the girls team before them, and trailed 17-4 after the opening quarter.

Derrick Jenkins hit a pair of threes for the Red Devils, which sparked them out to the big lead in front of the hostile home crowd, which Liberty head coach John Schumpert was impressed with following the game.

“This is one of the toughest places I’ve ever played at,” he said. “It’s so intimidating and loud, and I can’t say enough about the environment they have here. It’s awesome, and I’m glad we came out with a win.”

Tamassee-Salem head coach Jeff Grimes said following the game that his team may have been thinking a bit too much about Tuesday’s victory.

“We have to use this one as a learning experience, especially after Tuesday night,” he said. “Maybe we got a little ahead of ourselves. This humbled us, and hopefully we can use it as a positive in the long run.”

Despite playing from behind, virtually from the opening whistle, the Eagles never gave in, and there was no lack of effort.

Brooks Garrett led the Eagles with 13 points, and could be seen flying out of bounds often going after loose balls, showing the character that Grimes has tried hard to instill in his team this season.

“We don’t quit playing, and we want people to know that’s what Eagles’ basketball is about,” Grimes said. “If things aren’t going our way, we’re still going to keep going and play at full tilt.”

The Eagles made a run in the fourth quarter, with Garrett getting to the free throw line often as he drove between multiple Red Devil defenders.

However, it was too little too late for the Eagles, who had a long discussion in the locker room following the game.

“The veteran group led the discussion of what we need to do now,” Grimes said. “It’s a long season, and we’ll have our ups and downs. To be a good team, we have to be able to bounce back. We can’t hang our heads because we have too many games left to play.

The boys’ team will play again on Tuesday at home against Walhalla following the girls’ game.

1 2 3 4 F

LHS 17 17 11 13 58

TS 4 10 12 20 46

Liberty 59, Tamassee-Salem 46

Liberty (59) — Derrick Jenkins 14, Zak Bryant 13, K. Rice 10, Chris Robinson 6, Toby Kay 4, Cody Abshire 2, Nathan McQueen 2, Alex Rhodes 2.

Tamassee-Salem (46) — Brooks Garrett 12, Spider Webb 10, Jamie Brown 8, Kain Richardson 6, Greg Moss 3, T.J. Moss 3, Garrett Peak 2, Sam Tilson 2, Anthony Williford 2.