Tolar’s football boys squeezed in a grand total of just a couple hours of basketball practice ahead of Tuesday’s game at Cisco, but the Rattlers seemed to mesh just fine in registering a 59-43 victory over the Loboes.
The Rattlers, who improved to 2-0 on the young season, got 15 points from Ty Johnston, plus 10 each from Jacob Phillips and T.J. Foster.
It was the first basketball game of the season for the Loboes, who had several players involved in football into the second playoff round – as did Tolar.
Johnston buried a 3-point basket in the first minute of the game for the Rattlers, who never trailed. Tolar led Cisco 27-18 at halftime.
Tolar coach Kent Caruthers said with the football players in the fold, the Rattlers were a little careless with the ball early in the contest.
“They don’t know a whole lot of the offense yet, but they did well. They hustled,” Caruthers said of the players just out of football. “They looked good. They really did.”
Caruthers said Cisco is a physical team, but the Rattlers did a good job in gearing up its transition offense.
“Jacob Phillips and Gideon Sanders did well on the boards,” Caruthers said. “We started out the game a little slow. They used a strong man defense on us. We were shaky at first but after that we settled down.”
The Rattlers began play in the eight-team Dublin Athletic Booster Club Tournament Thursday in Dublin. Tolar took on Zephyr at 4:30 p.m. in the first round.
One of Tolar’s players who just completed football season, Zack Hasegawa, rolled an ankle against Cisco. Caruthers said he is expected to be sidelined about a week or two.
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Tolar 12 16 15 16 – 59
Cisco 7 11 10 15 – 43
Tolar (2-0) scorers – Ty Johnston 15, Jacob Phillips 10, T.J. Foster 10, Gideon Sanders 8, Justin Brown 6, Landon Morris 5, Zack Hasegawa 3, Riley Osterman 2.
Cisco (0-1) scorers – Kent 15, Scott 9, McBride 7, Lewis 5, Gayle 3, Witt 2, Guidry 2.
Tolar free throws – 9-14. Cisco free throws – 6-15.
Tolar 3-pointers – 4 (Johnston 3, Hasegawa 1).
Cisco 3-pointers – 3.