Rattlers, Indians win one in tourneys

December 12, 2012

The Tolar boys basketball team ran into some rough terrain over the weekend in the Glen Rose Tournament, dropping two of their three contests.

The Rattlers fell to Class 3A Mineral Wells in Thursday’s opening round, 60-54, then lost to Godley 56-50 on Friday. On Saturday, Tolar (6-3) defeated Hico, 50-38. Godley had beaten Brownwood in its tournament opener.

Against Mineral Wells, Ty Johnston led Tolar offensively with 24 points, burying eight of 13 attempts from 3-point range. Teammate Tyler Pruitt added 17.

The Rattlers shot 19-of-45 from the field, including 9-of-19 from 3-point range.

Zack Hasegawa had a team-high five assists and Corbin Wood led Tolar in rebounding with five.

“They came out hitting their shots and we didn’t,” Tolar coach Kent Caruthers said. “They hit five 3-pointers in the first quarter. We only scored one basket in first quarter. Once we finally started, we fought back and made it a game toward the end.”

Caruthers said the Rattlers went into that game with only seven players healthy enough to compete.

Riley Osterman broke a hand in practice, and Gideon Sanders suffered an injured back Saturday. Justin Brown was still out for that game because of an ACL injury.

“The ones that were there fought hard,” Caruthers said. “They didn’t give up.”

In Saturday’s win over Hico, Corbin Wood led the Rattlers with 14 points, and Johnson tossed in 11.

Hico took a 12-10 lead by the end of the first quarter, and the Rattlers were outscored 15-8 in the second period.

But Tolar’s defense held Hico to just two points in the third quarter as the Rattlers grabbed a 36-29 edge entering the final stanza. Tolar then outscored the Tigers 50-38 the rest of the way.

“We came out slow in the first half and picked it up in the second half we did well,” Caruthers said.

Wood pulled down a team-leading eight rebounds against Hico.

INDIANS WIN FINALE AT POOLVILLE

The Lipan Indians salvaged a victory in the Poolville Tournament over the weekend, defeating Archer City 48-36 Saturday.

The win came after the Indians (5-7) had lost to Bellevue (71-50), Holliday (69-27) and Millsap (56-40).

In the losses to Bellevue and Millsap, the Indians experienced second-half collapses. They led Bellevue 34-32 at the half, but were outscored 39-16 in the final two quarters. They led Millsap 12-6 after the first quarter, but saw the game slip away when they were outscored 34-23 in the second half.

Lipan was also undone by the long-range shot against Millsap. The Indians were 1-for-20 (5 percent), compared to 6-for-17 (35 percent) for the Bulldogs. They were also outshot from the free throw line (11-for-27 to 18-for-34).

But it was the Indians who broke things open in the second and third quarters against Archer City. Lipan went on a 25-7 run over the two quarters.

Colby Clinton led Lipan with 14 points, while Kyle Mercer and Tanner Richardson added a dozen each.

“We’ve been doing a lot of things to show improvement even in the losses,” said Lipan coach Cody Chandler. “And we’ve still got a couple players injured.

“But I’m pleased with some of the things I’m seeing against these bigger schools we’re playing, and once we get everybody healthy, we’re going to be okay.”

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Boys basketball

Glen Rose Tournament

Mineral Wells 21 15 13 11 – 60

Tolar 6 15 12 21 – 54

Tolar (5-2) scorers – Ty Johnston 24, Tyler Pruitt 17, Zack Hasegawa 5, Philllips 4, Corbin Wood 2, T.J. Foster 2.

Free throws – Tolar 7-15; Mineral Wells 2-5

Tolar 3-pointers – Johnston 8, Hasegawa 1.

Hico 12 15 2 9 – 38

Tolar 10 8 18 14 50

Tolar (6-3) scorers – Corbin Wood 14, Ty Johnston 11, Jacob Phillips 8, Zack Hasegawa 7 Landon Morris 4, Justin Brown 2, Jacob Pruitt 2, T.J. Foster 2.

Tolar free throws – 8-13.

Tolar 3-pointers – Johnston 3, Hasegawa 1.

Poolville Tournament

Lipan 20 14 10 6 – 50

Bellevue 20 12 15 24 – 71

Lipan (4-5) scoring – Tanner Richardson 22, Colby Clinton 13, Kyle Mercer 8, Joel Rice 5, Blake Williams 2.

Free throws – Lipan 4-10, Bellevue 19-30.

Lipan 2 7 4 14 – 27

Holliday 18 20 18 13 – 69

Lipan (4-6) scoring – Clinton 8, Mercer 7, Rice 4, Richardson 2, Brady Nelson 2, Hunter Hightower 2, Jorge Hernandez 2.

Lipan 12 5 9 14 – 40

Millsap 6 16 13 21 – 56

Lipan (4-7) scoring – Williams 10, Mercer 8, Rice 7, Clinton 5, McFadden 4, Richardson 3, Hightower 3.

Lipan rebounds – Richardson 13.

Free throws – Lipan 11-27, Millsap 18-34.

Lipan 11 11 14 12 – 48

Archer City 10 4 3 19 – 36

Lipan (5-7) scoring – Clinton 14, Mercer 12, Richardson 12, McFadden 8, Rice 2.

Lipan 3-pointers – Clinton 2, McFadden 2.

Free throws – Lipan 8-10, AC 11-18.

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