Broad Street's Billy Joe Hall and Ruleville's Kadarius Phillips put on quite the offensive show for their respective teams, but at the end of the night the Phillips and the Tigers had enough in the tank to edge out the Jaguars 67-66.
Hall led all scorers with 37 points and Phillips wasn't too shabby with a team high 25 points.
Ruleville improved to 1-1 on the season and Broad Street fell to 2-1.
James Trimble, who is in his first year with Ruleville, felt his team played hard and hard work made the difference.
"I think we showed heart tonight,” Trimble said. “We played very hard and I wanted to make sure we did that even when we fell down. We continued to battle hard and we left everything out on the floor.”
Despite the loss, Broad Street head coach Karshae Peterson had similar sentiments regarding his team's effort.
"We are going to be fine,” Peterson said. “We played this game with guys who are inexperienced right now handling the pressure. I'm, encouraged about what we have the potential to do with this team. The guys played hard the entire game and have nothing to be ashamed about. I'm proud of them for fighting and to only lose by one with about seven guys on the football field is very encouraging.”
Broad Street led the Tigers by as many as 13-points in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers pressure defense proved key in getting them back in the game.
With under three minutes left in the game, the action really started to heat up with both teams heightening the defensive intensity.
With under two minutes left in the contest Hall knocked down two free throws to give the Jaguars a 64-57 lead.
Ruleville answered with a three-point play from Phillips with 1:12 left in the game to close the gap to 64-60.
On Broad Street's next possession, Hall pushed the ball up court and attempted a lob pass to Michael Williams, but Williams could not handle the pass as they ball traveled out of bounds for the turnover giving Ruleville a chance to get inch closer.
With the turnover the Tigers were able to get what they wanted as they pounded the ball inside to Chris Montgomery who scored on a power move for a 64-62 score.
Broad Street's inexperienced showed on the next play as first year player Cordell Liddell's cross court pass was stolen and Phillips made them pay with a three point shot with 35 seconds remaining for a 65-64 Ruleville lead.
Broad Street pushed the ball up court and called timeout.
Out of the timeout everyone knew who was getting the ball and Peterson did not disappoint as he drew up a play for Hall. Hall did what he had done all night, as he was isolated on Phillips. Trimble had trapped Hall at times in the during the game, but chose not to on this possession and Hall made them pay as he got by Phillips and got in the lane and knocked down the short jump shot to give Broad Street a 66-65 lead with 20 seconds left.
With 15 seconds left Trimble called timeout and drew up a play for Phillips. Out of the timeout the ball came to Phillips and he penetrated into the lane, but was met by two Broad Street defenders who attempted to take a charge, but with no call Phillips shot came off the rim and Montgomery, who was left unguarded because his defenders tried to take a charge, was able to tip the ball back in for a 67-66 lead with three seconds left.
Broad Street's last attempt from Hall from half court fell short and Ruleville held on for the victory.
Ruleville's Tyquan Rule aided the Tigers with 10 points, while Javarious Pittman and Montgomery had eight points each. Justin Mitchell scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Broad Street and Michael Williams scored 11 points with six rebounds in the loss.
Ruleville will play Coahoma Aggie Thursday in Ruleville and Broad Street will play West Bolivar Thursday in Shelby.