Friday’s 45-34 loss to Grandview hurt Tolar’s chances of moving up in the District 10-2A boys basketball standings, but the Rattlers are still in position to grab a playoff berth entering the final stretch.
The Rattlers suffered through a bad shooting nights, missing 38 of their 51 shots from the field.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” Tolar coach Kent Caruthers said. “We played good defense. They came out hot and got up on us by 10 (points) early, then we cut it to two by end of first quarter.
“They played real good pressure defense. We had a lot of trouble getting open. We didn’t make very many of them (shots).”
Tolar had no one score in double figures, and Grandview outscored the Rattlers by seven points (11-4) at the free throw line.
Jacob Phillips and Corbin Wood led with eight points each. Wood added a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Rattlers had a bye on Tuesday, and will take on Keene Friday. That will be followed by a showdown with Godley.
“We’re still in third place,” Caruthers said, noting that he hopes his players will not overlook Keene.
“Godley is going to be a big game for us, but we need to take care of business first and then go from there.”
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Grandview 17 8 5 15 – 45
Tolar 15 7 2 10 – 34
Tolar (15-9, 6-4 in District 10-2A) scorers – Jacob Phillips 8, Corbin Wood 8, Tyler Pruitt 7, Zack Hasegawa 6, Ty Johnston 5.
Free throws – Tolar 4-5; Grandview 11-18.
Tolar 3-pointers – Hasegawa 2, Pruitt 1, Johnston 1.