Applemen keep Cougars winless vs. Sectional rivals

INWOOD — Faltering in the fourth period against visiting Jefferson, Musselman forged a comeback from a 10-point deficit that overhauled the Cougars and rewarded the Applemen with a 62-60 win in a Sectional boys basketball game.

Musselman was 12-5 overall and Jefferson, which remained winless against Class AAA Sectional rivals, was 4-12 overall.

Tommy Hargroves scored eight points in the turnaround final quarter, including the basket that brought the Applemen a 60-60 tie. Trevon Wesco scored with about 18 seconds remaining to give Musselman its last points and the victory. Wesco finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds.

Jefferson’s last shot was blocked . . . and the Cougars had been outscored, 17-7, in the fourth period.

Making half of its first-half field goal attempts had given the Cougars a 36-30 at the intermission. After three quarters, Jefferson’s lead was at 53-45.

The Cougars had attempted only three free throws in the first half. They were critically hurt in the second half by missed foul shots and finished making just 7-of-14 (50 percent) free throws.

Hargroves contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jacob Barr added 13 points to the Musselman scoring total.

Jefferson distributed its double figure scoring between Michael King (13 points), Josh Dudley (12 points), Michael Tennant (12 points), and Jalen Smith 11 points).

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