Noise defeat Mud Frogs, regain first place
The Knoxville noise defeated the Tennessee Mud Frogs 131-121 and moved back in first place of the South Division in the Blue Conference. The Mud Frogs had taken the first place position from the Noise a couple of days earlier in a ESPN instant classic game, that saw they Mud Frogs beat the Noise 134-132 in double overtime in Knoxville. The Noise played they game with a depleted squad of only 8 players due to injuries and personal leaves.
The first half saw the Mud Frogs build a 12-point lead at 62 -50 as a result of good defense that resulted in 21 turnovers by the Noise. Toby Smith kept the Noise in the game with 20 first half points. The Noise also held the rebound advantage at 30-22.
The second half started with the Noise coming out playing inspired ball, as they were able to make an 18-point swing and lead 88-82. Most of turnaround came from team leader Bobby Brown, who had several, steals that led to several fast break dunks. The fourth quarter belonged to Toby Smith who scored 23 of the Noise 43 fourth quarter points. Toby hit several mid range jump shots and sparked the team with his dunk over Mud Frog player Mack McGadney, who was called for an intentional foul on the play. Toby then sank both free throws and the Noise scored on the inbounds play giving them a six-point swing.
Toby Smith had a career high 47 points and had 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Chris Wiley, getting his first start of the season, recorded the first triple double in Noise history. He had 17 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds. Chris had several explosive dunks in the game that seemed to charge the Noise during their comeback. . Bobby Brown continued to be the scoring threat he has become lately, adding 25 points and 14 rebounds. Although Terrence Woods was in a shooting slump this night, he hit a critical three pointer that was a 3-d shot after the Mud frogs had taken a 1-point lead. The basket put the Noise back in the lead 94-90, a lead they would not relinquish again. Terrence finished the game with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Alex Adediran, returning after a one game hiatus, scored 16 points and held Mack McGadney to 7 points, after he had scored 21 points in the victory Saturday by the Mud frogs.
Lewis Monroe led the Mud Frogs in scoring with 27 points and Michael Myers added 18.
Coach Oliver had this to say about the Noise's performance. " I was real proud of my ball club. They could have come out flat in the second half and got run out of the gym. Instead they showed me a lot of pride and heart, in the way they would not lay down to the dreaded Mud Frogs. This was a good team win."
The Noise next game will be on Sunday December the 17th at 3:25400 pm at Catholic High school against the Mississippi Miracles. KNOXVILLE COME SUPPORT YOUR FIRST PLACE NOISE.
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