The Tolar boys shot a season-best 55 percent from the field on the way to an 83-30 District 10-2A victory over Keene Friday.
The home victory, paired with Grandview’s 71-67 win over Godley, clinched a playoff spot as the third-place team in district for coach Kent Caruthers’ Rattlers. In bidistrict they will play the second-place team from District 9-2A, Boyd or Ponder, which were tied for first entering last night. Both are ranked in the top 10 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.
Zack Hasegawa paced Tolar in scoring with 19 points, sinking all five of his 3-point attempts. Corbin Wood and Hunter Ryan added 17 and 12, respectively. Wood was 3-for-3 on his 3-point tries.
Landon Morris led Tolar in rebounding with seven.
Tolar hit 32 of 58 shots from the field. The Rattlers were 11-of-18 from 3-point range.
“We jumped out on them right off the bat,” Caruthers said. “Thats the best shooting game we’ve had all season. Keene is not very big, but they’re quick. We hit our open shots. It’s nice when that happens.”
Caruthers recalled that in their first district meeting, the teams were tied at halftime.
“We just shot the ball better,” he explained, noting that the open date on the previous Tuesday may have helped. “We had a week off, so maybe we had fresh legs. We usually shoot more 3-pointers than that.”
Wood and Riley Osterman recorded four steals each for Tolar, and Ty Johnston and T.J. Foster each had six assists.
The Rattlers played last night at Godley in their final regular-season game. Godley is out of the playoff picture now.
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Keene 8 6 5 11 – 30
Tolar 24 20 16 23 – 83
Tolar (16-9, 7-4 in District 10-2A) scorers – Zack Hasegawa 19, Corbin Wood 17, Hunter Ryan 12, Tyler Pruitt 9, Ty Johnston 9, Jacob Phillips 7. T.J. Foster 6, Landon Morris 2, Dakota Endsley 2.
Free throws – Tolar 8-13, Keene 0-0.
Tolar 3-pointers – 11-18.