The Lipan Indians came out on the short end of a back-and-forth game Tuesday, falling 75-72 at home to Comanche.
Each team had a sizeable scoring advantage in two quarters, Comanche outscoring the Indians 22-7 in the first and 22-11 in the third. Lipan outscored Comanche 25-11 in the second and 29-20 in the fourth.
Blake Williams led Lipan (5-8) with 26 points.
As the score indicates, the teams were extremely even. Lipan hit seven 3-pointers, compared to five for Comanche. The Indians hit 13 free throws and Comanche hit 14.
Also, Lipan forced 22 turnovers and committed 23.
“The last three quarters were more of a complete game after we spotted them that early lead,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler.
“None of our losses before this had been close games, so I got to see what we can do in close situations when we’re behind. We didn’t win, but I saw some things that made me feel good.”
Ultimately, the game was decided by 2-pointers. While Lipan had a higher percentage (19-for-34, 56 percent), Comanche made more shots (23-for-48, 48 percent).
Also, the Indians missed six foul shots in the fourth quarter, including three 1-and-1s.
Comanche 22 11 22 20 – 75
Lipan 7 25 11 29 – 72
Lipan (5-8) scoring – Blake Williams 26, Colby Clinton 12, Tanner Richardson 9, Joel Rice 8, Joey McFadden 7, Kyle Mercer 6, Jorge Hernandez 4.
3-pointers – Williams 2, Clinton 2, Rice 1, McFadden 1, Mercer 1.
Rebounds – Richardson 7.
Assists – Clinton 6.
Steals – Rice 2.
Free throws – Lipan 13-22, Comanche 14-19.