Indians get one win in before cancellation

The first Texstar Tournament of Champions in Lipan only lasted one day, but the Indians made the most of their lone game Thursday before icy weather forced cancellation.

The Indians (3-4) defeated Blum 67-49, pulling away in the final quarter to secure the victory.

“It was a good game for us against a team that went two rounds deep in the playoffs last year and had everyone back from that team,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “Even though they did not score we got good minutes off the bench from Hunter Hightower and Jorge Hernandez.”

Lance Ferguson led Lipan with 18 points, one of four Indians to score in double figures.

The Indians used a 16-8 second-quarter run to take control of the game. They ended the contest with a 22-11 burst.

The tournament was the first in modern memory for Lipan after the Indians and Lady Indians moved into their new gym last year.

Boys basketball

Blum 16 8 14 11 – 49

Lipan 19 16 10 22 – 67

Lipan (3-4) scoring – Lance Ferguson 18, Derrick 14, Joel Rice 13, Joey McFadden 10, Brady Nelson 8, Trevor Hedeman 4.

3-pointers – Ferguson 1, Rice 1, McFadden 1.

Team 3-pointers – Lipan 3, Blum 5.

Free throws – Lipan 12-22, Blum 14-22.


While most weekend basketball action around the Metroplex was canceled, the Granbury Pirates got in three games in the Levelland Invitational.

The Pirates opened with a 78-68 loss to Levelland, followed by a 62-51 win over Dalhart. They concluded with a 50-45 loss to Plainview.

“We were down one with 20 seconds left and missed a great look to take the lead,” said Pirates coach David Breazeale. “Had to foul.”

Plainview turned those fouls into late points to pull away.

Jacob Taylor led Granbury (2-5) in scoring against Dalhart with 19 points and with 16 against Plainview. Kevin Hennard topped them with 21 against Levelland.

Boys basketball

Levelland Invitational

Levelland 78, Granbury 68

Granbury (1-4) scoring – Kevin Hennard 21, Clay Brawner 16, Jacob Taylor 10, Mitchell May 10, Malik Allen 6, Will Brawner 2, J.D. Hohnstreiter 2, Brendan King 1.

Granbury 62, Dalhart 51

Granbury (2-4) scoring – Taylor 19, Kennard 15, C. Brawner 13, W. Brawner 13, Allen 2.

Plainview 50, Granbury 45

Granbury (2-5) scoring – Taylor 16, C. Brawner 11, King 6, , Hennard 5, May 5, Hohnstreiter 2.


The Tolar Rattlers saw an early lead slip away as Bangs defeated them 65-40 in the opening round of the Dublin Dr Pepper Tournament Thursday.

It was the only game of the tournament for both teams. The ice storm that hit the area Thursday night forced cancellation of the final two days.

The Rattlers (0-3) are still looking for their first victory. They began the season missing quite a few players from their roster as the football team advanced to the second round of the Class 2A Division II playoffs.

Hunter Ryan led Tolar with 11 points, while Dakota Endsley scored 10 points with eight rebounds.

Tolar led 12-11 after the first quarter, Bangs then went on a 16-7 run in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

“They were very athletic,” said Tolar coach Kent Caruthers of Bangs. “And our shots just aren’t falling right now.”

The Rattlers shot 31 percent (16-for-52) from the field, including 12 percent (2-for-17) from 3-point range. In addition, they struggled at the free throw line, going 6-fof-19 (32 percent).

Boys basketball

Tolar 12 7 11 10 – 40

Bangs 11 16 19 19 – 65

Tolar (0-3) scoring – Hunter Ryan 11, Dakota Endsley 10, Yovanni Tovara 7, Riley Osterman 6, Heston Buckalew 2, T.J. Foster 2, Caleb Weatherford 2.

Rebound leaders – Endsley 8, Osterman 8.

Assists leader – Osterman 4.

2-point FG – 14-35 (40 percent).

3-point FG – 2-17 (12 percent).

Free throws – 6-19 (32 percent).


The North Central Texas Academy Pioneers opened the basketball season in the Whitney Tournament, getting two games in before the ice storm forced cancellation of Friday and Saturday action.

Cleburne Home School edged the Pioneers 47-42 in the opening game, and Waco Connolly defeated NCTA 47-31 in the second game.

Stefan Rosic led the Pioneers with 23 points against Cleburne Home School and with 17 against Connolly.

“First two games of the year and we looked pretty good,” said NCTA coach Kirby Rasco. “We only had three practices before the games, and we hung with some large public school (Connolly).

“I am excited about the season.”

Boys basketball

Cleburne Home School 47, N. Central Texas 42

NCTA (0-1) scoring – Stefan Rosic 23, Elias Demissie 7, Raphael Rohlfs 6, Luis Rivas 4, Martin Ivanovic 2.

Waco Connolly 47, NCTA 31

NCTA (0-2) scoring – Rosic 17, Rohlfs 6, Ivanovic 4, Demissie 2, Rivas 2.