Polk scores 20 points in fourth to overcome Mitchell on road

Published 3:11 pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

No. 15 Anthony Carson (shown here) and Alec Philpott both had 8 points against Mitchell. Ben Stockdale added 6 points and led the Wolverines in the rebounds with 6. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

Long Tuesday night road games on a bus in late January are probably not a favorite of most high school basketball players.

The crowd is typically minimal, the visiting locker rooms are usually less than ideal, so slow starts are not uncommon. This was the case for Polk Jan. 29, however after a lackluster first half, the Wolverines pulled away in the fourth quarter beating Mitchell 56-45.

Jamal Tanner led scoring with 20 points; 14 of those coming in the second half with 12 straight in the final minutes of the game. The Wolverines came out cold and were down by 4 points after the first quarter but came back to cut the deficit to 22-21 at the half. They bounced back in the third quarter and took a 36-32 lead into the fourth. But the game was just about to get interesting.

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Coach Josh McEntire explained the run his guys made in the third took a lot of steam.