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Three teams fall at Walker Classic, but Dixie saves the day

Three teams fall at Walker Classic, but Dixie saves the day
Written by Andy Griffin
December 16, 2017

Manti 58, Hurricane 44

The Tigers dominated the first half, forging a 23-14 lead in the opening two quarters. But the Templars dominated the second half by outscoring Hurricane 44-21, including a 24-7 edge in the fourth quarter.

Hurricane was up by 13 early in the second half, building a 27-14 lead after a couple of free throws by Jackson Last early in the quarter.

But Matt Nelson was the key for Manti. The senior shooting guard was lights out from deep, hitting four 3-pointers in the game. One of his treys helped Manti outscore Hurricane 20-10 the rest of the third.

But the real damage came in the fourth. Tanner Rasmussen hit a trey, then a jumper to make it 39-37 for the Templars just one minute into the fourth quarter. Nelson then hit back-to-back buckets after Hurricane turnovers to make it 43-37.

A free throw by Russell Neild momentarily stopped the bleeding for Hurricane, but Nelson and the Templars then scored nine straight points to make it 52-38 with under four minutes to play.

Nelson finished with 25 points as the Templars (5-2) hit 21 of 42 shots in the game, including 6 for 14 from beyond the arc.

Last had 17 for Hurricane, which fell to 1-3. He also had 11 rebounds, while Neild ended up with 17 points and six boards.

The Tigers finish their Coach Walker Classic experience with a 9:30 a.m. game against 5A Roy at Burns Arena.