The Tolar boys basketball team was once again short-handed and struggled with its long-range shooting, yet made up for it in raw effort in a 50-38 nondistrict road win at Hico.
The Rattlers (7-3) had three players score in double figures, led by Ty Johnston and Zack Hasegawa with 12 points each. Teammate Jacob Phillips added 10.
Tolar shot 40 percent from the field overall (21-of-52), but missed 14 of 16 from 3-point range as Hico used a zone defense.
“We played hard,” Tolar coach Kent Caruthers said. “They were in a zone giving us the outside shot. We shot pretty good from 2-point range (19 of 36).”
Once again the Rattlers had only seven healthy players available because of injuries. Matters were made worse when two Tolar players got into foul trouble in the first half and had limited playing time until the third quarter.
Tolar led 30-19 at halftime, but the teams bogged down in the third quarter as the Rattlers outscored Hico by only a 4-2 margin.
“We made way too many turnovers (20),” Caruthers said. “We were trying to force it into the post way too hard and making bad mistakes with the ball. I was pleased with way got after it and hustled. We had 16 steals.”
Corbin Wood led Tolar in rebounding with seven, and Hasegawa had five steals. T.J. Foster contributed four assists.
One of Tolar’s three injured palyers, Gideon Sanders, was scheduled to have an MRI this week to determine the cause of his lower back pain.
Tolar 11 19 4 17 – 50
Hico 10 9 2 17 – 38
Tolar (7-3) scoring – Ty Johnston 12, Zack Hasegawa 12, Jacob Phillips 10, Tyler Pruitt 8, T.J. Foster 4, Corbin Wood 4.
Hico leading scorer- Stegall 32.
3-pointers – Johnston 2.
Rebounds – Wood 7.
Assists – Foster 4.
Steals – Hasegawa 5.
Free throws – Tolar 6-11, Hico 11-13