By Melissa Meador
CALHOUN CITY – Aberdeen and Shannon know it’s going to be a heated rivalry when they face off on the basketball court.
After a close Aberdeen win earlier in the season, Shannon got its revenge with a third-quarter surge to down the Bulldogs 57-51 Saturday at the Loggins Classic.
“We shot the ball better in the third quarter, and I was most pleased with our half quarter defense,” Shannon coach Cedric Brim said. “Aberdeen’s got a great team, so it was good to come back and get a win against them.”
Rocquis Coleman aided the Red Raiders in pulling ahead in the third quarter, scoring 12 of his game-high 22 points in the period.
Shannon (9-2) went to the free-throw line three times at then end of the second quarter to open up a five-point halftime lead, but Aberdeen answered with a pair of baskets from Cameron Belle to cut the lead to one at 28-27.
A layup from Marcus Carouthers for Aberdeen (6-4) tied things up at 29-all two minutes into the second half before Shannon began an 11-1 run to pull away.
After Shannon stretched the lead out to double digits three times in the fourth quarter, Aberdeen chopped the lead to four with two minutes to play on two-pointers from Terrell Carouthers and Marcus Carouthers.
A late steal and basket from Cameron Montgomery iced the win for the Red Raiders.
Carouthers and Nick Simms led Aberdeen with 14 points each.
“We had a hard time getting our focus in the third quarter,” first-year Aberdeen coach Cornelius Gilleylen said. “We were missing three guys today, but we gave ourselves a chance to win in the second half. You never know what’s going to happen in a rivalry game.”