Coach Gary Bailey has said all season that the Tigers needed to be hitting on all cylinders by February and it seems that they are doing just that. In Dubuque, Iowa, the Tigers won both games in the Emmaus Classic. The Tigers defeated the host school, Emmaus, by a score of 114-62. “We knew we could put points on the board all year, but a good team must be able to play a half-court game as well as run and play defense. I have always felt that you must be able to do this first so that you learn to keep turnovers down and not become a sloppy team. Sometimes it is difficult to clean it up if it becomes too much of a habit,” said Bailey. “I just feel that the time is right to let this team play and open it up.” The Tigers have opened it up offensively, scoring over 100 points and averaging 107 ppg in the last three games. Up to this point the Tigers were averaging 78 ppg.
“We have always had great defensive teams at Grace,” said Coach Dan George. “Coach Bohl and I take pride in making sure that we are one of the best defensive teams in the country each year. Because of our new uptempo style, we may give up a few more scoring opportunities to the opposing team, but we will still work hard on the defensive end.”
Dan Dame led the Tigers with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Allen Durham scored 20 points, Carl Getty 11, Dauntrell Hill, 10 and Matt Kurtz 10. Fifteen players again entered the scoring column with no player playing more than 14 minutes. Cory Jamieson and Dauntrell Hill each handed out 4 assists.
The Tigers held a 44-24 rebound advantage. Grace committed 12 turnovers compared to forcing 35 by Emmaus.