Central High School boys' basketball returned home Friday night to take on Franklin County. In similar fashion to Tuesday night's game against Tullahoma, the Red Raiders held on in a close one to win 50-46 over the Rebels.
"Honestly I think they played pretty well," Coach Micah Williams said. "We just couldn't hit shots tonight around the basket, a lot of shots we take from the perimeter that usually go in."
In spite of some of the missed shots keeping the game closer, the team's defensive effort helped CHS stay ahead through all four quarters.
"We have a goal of keeping teams around 45 and we kept them to 46 tonight," Williams continued. "I was really proud of our defensive effort. Hard-fought game."
Darius Rozier hit the Raiders' first five points to put the team ahead early. Additional shots from Kyle Farless and Harley Hinshaw put CHS up 10-3, before the Rebels began to climb back. The Raiders held on for a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Franklin County continued to push closer to the Raiders over the course of the second, before a three-pointer tied it at 20 with three minutes left in the half. With a 22-22 tie looking certain right before halftime, Rozier hit a long three-pointer at the buzzer to put CHS up by three.
Farless and Shawn Anderson opened the third quarter with a flurry of baskets to put the Raiders up by eight. The Rebels once again battled back, briefly taking their first lead before a shot from Rozier put CHS back in front 36-35.
Both teams got off to a low-scoring fourth quarter, staying tied at 37 for several minutes. With just over four minutes left in the game, Farless put the Raiders up by two. CHS held onto this lead over the game's remainder to secure its first home win of 2019.
"Tough win, they came in ready to fight," Rozier said afterward. "Most of it was rough but we came out with the dub, can't be happier."
Rozier led the Raiders with 18 points. Anderson and Farless followed with nine each. Hinshaw finished the night with seven points, with Andrew Mahaffey right behind at six. Rod Brinkley hit a single free throw for one point.