A flat start made it tough for them, but the Tolar boys rallied and Jacob Phillips scored on a field goal with just 2 seconds left to give the Rattlers a 47-46 road win over Godley that closed out the regular season and District 10-2A play.
Tolar went into the game having already clinched the third-place playoff spot in the district, and Godley had previously been eliminated, so postseason qulaification was not a factor for either squad.
Still, the Rattlers can use the win as momentum as they prepare to face one of the state’s top teams and a traditional power in bidistrict early next week.
Tolar coach Kent Caruthers said Phillips, who led the Rattlers in scoring with 18 points, made a post move and banked in the winning shot. The Rattlers (17-9 overall and 8-4 in district) will take on either Brock or Ponder in bidistrict.
Brock and Ponder shared the District 9-2A championship and flipped a coin to determine playoff seedings. Brock is the No. 2 seed following the flip.
The Eagles (26-6) are ranked fifth in the state by the Texas Associatioin of Basketball Coaches (Ponder is sixth). They were also second at state last season.
Caruthers indicated that his players seemed to realize at some point in the third quarter that Godley wasn’t going to just surrender the game, and the Rattlers outscored Godley in each of the final two quarters.
“We came out flat, really flat, then we started realizing we were gaing have to play to win,” Caruthers said. “We were down by 10 (points) at one point (in the third quarter). We started playing better, working ball better and playing better defense.”
Phillips was the only Rattler who scored in double figures, and added eight rebounds. Tyler Pruitt and Landon Morris scored seven each, and Morris recorded a team-high nine rebounds.
Tolar shot 37.5 percent from the field overall (18-of-48).
Godley, which had been a playoff contender until last Friday, outscored the Rattlers 17-9 in the second quarter for a 28-19 halftime lead.
Tolar 10 9 13 15 – 47
Godley 11 17 10 8 – 46
Tolar (17-9, 8-4 in District 10-A) – Jacob Phillips 18, Tyler Pruitt 7, Landon Morris 7, Ty jonhnston 6, Zack Hasegawa 5, Hunter Ryan 2, Corbin Wood 2.
Free throws – Tolar 8-14; Godley 6-21.
Tolar 3-pointers – Johnston 2. Pruitt 1.