Stadium got off to a good start, but that was about all that went well for the Tigers in their matchup against Decatur tonight, as the Tigers fell 54-40 to the Gators at the Bill Riley Communities Family Holiday Classic at Decatur High School.
After falling behind early, Taylor Strickland tied it 8-8 with a layup with two minutes left in the first quarter after leaping to catch a nice pass from Jordan Powers. Eric Anderson-Connolly gave the Tigers their first lead with a jumper on the next possession, and Stadium would lead 13-8 at the end of the first.
After the Gators’ Jason Young hit a three-pointer to tie it early in the second, Bobby Moorehead nailed a three for the Tigers to give them a 16-14 lead. It would be their last lead of the game. The Tigers’ offense hit a funk, scoring four points in the final seven minutes of the half, and the defense had no answer for Young and fellow senior Kevin Locascio.
Young’s layup gave Decatur a 24-20 lead at the half, and after Malik Mayeux pulled Stadium within 24-22 quickly after halftime, the Gators launched a quick 9-0 run – capped by Locascio’s three-point play – to take control. The Tigers never got closer than a nine-point deficit the rest of the way, as Young finished with 20 points while Locascio added 19 points for the Gators.
One bright spot for Stadium was the play of forward Lucious Brown, who came off the bench to lead the Tigers with 13 points and nine assists. Mayeux added seven points for Stadium, while Decatur held Corey Glackin-Coley to just six points and Anderson-Connolly to four points.