Lipan boys rebound for third in tourney

December 5, 2012

The Lipan Indians bounced back from a semifinals loss to host Santo to pull away from Dallas Lifegate 50-43 and bring home the third-place trophy in the Santo Tournament Saturday.

“It was a very hard-fought game. I think it might be the most complete game offensively and defensively we’ve played all season,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler.

The Indians (3-4) trailed at the half, 25-24, and tied the game at 37 entering the final period. Then, Lipan ended the game with a 13-6 run.

“I’m very proud. They really battled hard to get that third-place trophy,” said Chandler.

Lipan was led by Tanner Richardson with 13 points.

The Indians won the game at the free throw line, where they were 16-for-25 compared to 8-for-15 for Lifegate.

In the semifinals, the Indians dropped a 54-37 contest to host Santo. The victory for Santo avenged a 65-63 loss a week earlier in Lipan in the Indians’ homecoming in their new gym.

Santo built a 49-23 lead after three quarters in the rematch.

“They were just good,” Chandler said. “They hardly missed from the floor, and we just couldn’t get our offense going. We struggled, and they made us pay for it.”

Lipan opened the tournament with a 59-50 win over Rio Vista. The Indians ended the game wtih an 18-8 run.

In all, Chandler said he is pleased with where his team stands after having played part of their usual tough schedule.

“I like where we’re going,” he said. “I like what I’m seeing going forward. We’re going to keep fighting and they’re going to keep getting better.”

Boys basketball

Santo Tournament

Round 1

Lipan 11 18 12 18 – 59

Rio Vista 17 10 15 8 – 50

Lipan (2-3) scoring – Trevor Hedeman 15, Colby Clinton 13, Tanner Richardson 10, Hunter Hightower 6, Blake Williams 6, Joel Rice 3, Kyle Mercer 3, Joey McFadden 2, Brady Nelson 1.

3-pointers – Lipan 7, Rio Vista 3.

Free throws – Lipan 14-24, Rio Vista 13-24.

Semifinals

Lipan 10 6 7 14 – 37

Santo 19 13 17 5 – 54

Lipan (2-4) scoring – Clinton 7, Rice 6, Mercer 6, Richardson 5, Hightower 5, Nelson 3, McFadden 2, Jorge Hernandez 2, Williams 1.

3-pointers – Hightower 1.

Third place

Lipan 10 14 13 13 – 50

Dall. Lifegate 11 14 12 6 – 43

Lipan (3-4) scoring – Richardson 13, Clinton 9, Hedeman 8, Hightower 8, Williams 6, McFadden 2, Nelson 2, Rice 2.

3-pointers – Hedeman 2, Hightower 1, Williams 1. Gateway 2.

Free throws – Lipan 16-25, Gateway 8-15.

LATE COLLAPSES COST PIRATES

AT JOSHUA TOURNEY

The Granbury Pirates let a second-half lead slip away as they fell 56-51 to Boswell in the consolation final of the Joshua Tournament Saturday.

The Pirates (2-4) led 46-40 entering the final quarter, but the Pioneers ended the game with a 16-5 run.

Brandon Fichter led Granbury with 15 points.

The Pirates were coming off a 72-40 win over Joshua in the consolation semifinals, a game in which they hit 13 shots from 3-point range. Jacob Taylor, who shared top scoring honors with Clay Brawner (each with 18), hit six 3-pointers and Brawner added three.

In fact, the Pirates hit as many shots from 3-point range as they did from 2-point range. Also, it was almost twice as many shots as they made at the free throw line (7).

The tournament began with a 66-63 overtime loss to Saginaw. Again, the Pirates had a lead as the final quarter began before Saginaw went on a 20-6 run to tie the game at 56.

“It was a real fun game for the first three quarters,” said Granbury coach David Breazeale. “We just didn’t get enough stops.”

Saginaw had a huge advantage at the free throw line, going 23-for-33 compared to 11-for-29 for Granbury.

“So many were just in and right back out,” said Breazeale. “And in that fourth quarter, Saginaw just hit big shot after big shot.”

Fichter again led the Pirates with 17 points.

Boys basketball

Joshua Tournament

Round 1

Granbury 18 17 15 6 7 – 63

Saginaw 7 17 11 20 10 – 66

Granbury (1-3) scoring – Brandon Fichter 17, Kory Rafferty 11, Jacob Taylor 10, Jimmy Hodges 9, Collin McCann 8, Mitchell May 3, Klint Keating 2, Kevin Hennard 2, Clay Brawner 1.

3-pointers – McCann 2, Taylor 2.

Free throws – Granbury 11-29, Saginaw 23-33.

Consolation semifinals

Granbury 23 17 15 17 – 72

Joshua 5 11 12 12 – 40

Granbury (2-3) scoring – Taylor 18, C. Brawner 18, McCann 9, Hennard 7, Rafferty 7, Hodges 4, Fichter 5, May 2, Nick Doughty 2.

3-pointers – Taylor 6, Brawner 3, McCann 3, Hennard 1.

Free throws – Granbury 7-14.

Consolation final

Granbury 17 19 10 5 – 51

Boswell 14 12 14 16 – 56

Granbury (2-4) scoring – Fichter 15, Hennard 8, McCann 7, May 6, Brawner 4, Doughty 4, Rafferty 4, Taylor 3.

3-pointers – McCann 1, Taylor 1.

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