The Friday before last, The Rebels traveled to East Hall to take on their last regular season game. Even though it was the Vikings senior night, Fannin planned to show no mercy.
While East Hall made the majority of their points from outside shots, the Rebels made theirs form downlow. Viking, Luke Holtzclaw, led East Hall in scoring with seventeen points, fifteen of them being from three point shots. Rebel, Ryan Beavers, led his team in scoring with fifteen points. Beavers was not only on fire under the basket, but also with his outside shots. Chandler Kendall contributed five points for the Rebels, three of them being from a buzzer beater half court shot to end the first quarter with a score of 24-12 with East Hall in the lead.
The Vikings applied heavy defensive pressure throughout the whole game. They would full court press and double team the Rebels which would result in Fannin making turnovers and more points for East Hall. Even though the Rebels were having trouble breaking the Vikings defense, they never gave up. Rebel, Payton Holt, added eleven points to Fannin’s score with his endless hustle. Cohutta Hyde put two more points on the board for the Rebels with his speed. Another Rebel guard, Joe Satchell, contributed six points to his teams score with his ball handling skills. East Hall kept the lead at the end of the second quarter with a score of 42-31.
Fannin started to get the hang of taking and making three point shots in the second half of the game. Brady Martin came into the game with his determination and swooshed a three point shot. Gabe Buchanan for the Rebels did the same thing and added four point on the board with his scrappy playing. Rebel, Chase Culpepper, contributed five points to the rebels score with his willingness to shoot the ball. As the third quarter was coming to an end, something big happened for the Vikings. East Hall senior, Luke Cooper, scored the one-thousandth point of his high school basketball career. With the Vikings on a high from all the excitement, they ended the third quarter with a 72-45 lead over the Rebels.
With East Hall continuing to drive the lane and take outside shots, Fannin had to find a way to score more points. The Rebels started to look downlow to their posts for shots. Rebel, Joel Kinser, had grit on the block and added six points to his teams score. Nathaniel Garrison followed the trend and added four points onto Fannin’s score. Jalen Ingram got to come in for the Rebels and add four points to the score with his aggressive playing. Although the Rebel posts had a great game, unfortunately it was not enough to catch up to the Vikings. East Hall walked away with a 91-65 victory over the Fannin Rebels.
The Rebels loss put their record at 4-20, leaving them to return back to East Hall to play them once again in the first round of the region tournament.