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Almost a come-back story for Scotties against the Coyotes

Anticipating the rebound ... Casey Elshere is ready to pull down this rebound during the Jones County-Philip match last Friday night in Philip. The Scotties closed a wide gap in the score to threaten the Coyotes, but were unable to close the six point deficit. Elshere garnered 13 rebounds to lead the Scotties.

The Philip Scotties boy’s basketball team lost their home game on Friday, December 6, with a final score of 63-69. The Scotties came back with a vengeance in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Jones County Coyotes. The surge brought the Scotties within only seven points of a win.

Philip 7 23 38 63

Jones County 18 41 54 69

Philip field goals: 29 percent. Two-pointers - 21; three pointers - 2; total - 23. Philip made 15 of 29 free throws (52 percent).

Jones County field goals: 55 percent. Two-pointers - 24; three-pointers - 1; total - 25. Jones County made 18 of 35 free throws (51 percent).

Philip scorers: Dana Kerns - 20, Nick Heeb - 15, Casey Elshere - 12, Justin Livermont - 6, Nathan O’Dea - 5, Allen Hauk - 4, Casey Cuny - 1.

Jones County scorers: Jordan Miller - 30, Clayton Miller - 17, Kirk Byrd - 6, Levi Louder - 5, Andrew Bork and Tyler Ball - 4 each, Jared Standiford - 3.

Philip rebounds: 36. Leader: Casey Elshere - 13; Dana Kerns, Nick Heeb and Justin Livermont - 5 each; Casey Cuny - 4; Nathan O’Dea - 2.

Jones County rebounds: 37. Leaders: Jordan Miller - 9, Kirk Byrd - 7, Jared Standiford - 5, Clayton Miller and Levi Louder - 3 each, Allen Hauk - 1.

Philip assists: 12. Leaders: Dana Kerns and Nick Heeb - 5 each; Casey Cuny, Nathan O’Dea and Justin Livermont - 2 each.

Jones County assists: 16. Leaders: Jordan Miller - 6, Nick VanDam - 5, Kirk Byrd and Levi Louder - 2 each.

Philip steals: 14. Leaders: Dana Kerns and Casey Elshere - 3 each; Nick Heeb, Casey Cuny and Justin Livermont - 2 each, Nathan O’Dea and Allen Hauk - 1 each.

Jones County steals: 9. Leaders: Jared Standiford - 3; Kirk Byrd - 2; Jordan Miller, Levi Louder, Nick VanDam and Clayton Miller - 1 each.

Turnovers: Philip - 18, Jones County - 24. Total fouls: Philip - 27, Jones County - 25. Players fouled out: Philip - Casey Elshere and Casey Cuny, Jones County - Kirk Byrd.

The next games for the Philip Scotties will be Thursday through Saturday, January 12-14, at the Jones County Tournament in Murdo.