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Hillbillies suffer fifth straight loss, falling to Sherman 57-44


Bill Lusk | WVOW Sports


MAN A slow first quarter start and turnovers cost the Man Hillbillies against the Sherman Tide Tuesday night as the Hillbillies fell 57-44 for a fifth consecutive loss.


Man scored just seven points in the first quarter, never led in the contest and trailed by as many as 17 points as Sherman snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Hillbillies.


It was the first win for Sherman over Man since defeating the Hillbillies, 61-58, on Feb. 20, 2018, at the Man Memorial Fieldhouse.


AJ Skeens posted a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds as Sherman won its third game of the year. Skeens also dished out a team high three assists in the victory.


Bryce Mills added nine points for the Tide, while Andrew Simpson had eight and Logan Baldwin seven.


Sherman led 11-7 after one quarter and led by eight, 19-11, on Luke Tagliente's 3-pointer with 5:30 to play before halftime.


Man answered with a 7-2 run and pulled to within three, 21-18, on a Jaylend Gillispie layup with 2:57 to play in the first half.


A 7-0 Tide run in the final 2:57 of the first half put Sherman ahead 28-18 at the break. Sherman made 39% of its shots in the first half while Man shot 34%. The Tide was 11 of 28 from the floor and 4 of 17 from beyond the arc while the Hillbillies made 8 of 23 shots but was only 1 of 7 on 3-point attempts.


Sherman stretched its lead to 12 points in the third quarter before Man closed to within seven points. Man trailed by eight points, 39-31, after a Caleb Vance 3 with 0:39 remaining in the quarter and appeared to have momentum as the quarter came to a close, however, that momentum was short lived as Simpson banked in a 3 from halfcourt as time expired giving the Tide a 42-31 lead after three quarters.


Chris Isaacs posted a double-double for Man finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds and also had four blocks for the Hillbillies. Vance scored nine points while Colton Miller finished with eight points and a team-high four assists.


Sherman (3-4) returns to action Friday night at home against River View.


It is the first time Man has lost five consecutive games since the Hillbillies lost 25 in a row from March 1, 2016, to Dec. 18, 2017.


Man, now 1-5 on the year and off to its worst start since the 2016-17 season, will look to snap its losing streak on Friday at home against Tolsia.


Sherman 57, Man 44


Sherman (3-4)

Skeens 8-16 6-9 25, Mills 4-10 1-2 9, Simpson 3-7 0-0 8, Baldwin 3-10 0-1 7, Tagliente 1-6 3-4 6, Halstead 1-1 0-0 2, Ring 0-3 0-0 0, Lester 0-1 0-0 0, Hensley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 20-56 10-16 57.


Man (1-5)

Isaacs 7-17 1-2 15, Vance 3-9 0-0 9, Miller 3-6 0-2 8, Sanders 2-8 0-2 5, Ward 1-6 0-0 2, Gerace 1-4 0-0 2, Gillispie 1-1 0-1 2, Mullins 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 18-52 1-7 44.


Sherman 11 17 14 15- 57

Man 7 11 13 13- 44

3-point field goals- Sherman 7-31 (Skeens 3-8, Mills 0-1, Simpson 2-4, Baldwin 1-7, Tagliente 1-6, Ring 0-2, Lester 0-1, Hensley 0-2), Man 7-24 (Vance 3-9, Miller 2-3, Sanders 1-6, Ward 1-3, Gerace 0-2, Mullins 0-1). Rebounds- Sherman 36 (Skeens 14), Man 32 (Isaacs 10). Assists- Sherman 10 (Skeens 3), Man 8 (Miller 4). Turnovers- Sherman 17, Man 21. Total fouls- Sherman 10, Man 15. Fouled out- Miller. Technicals- None.

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