Tigers improve to 3-1 with first home court victory
The combination of the three proved to be fortuitous as the Rockdale Tigers were successful in their debut in their new home with a 57-47 victory over Smithville Tuesday night.
The Tigers improved to 3-1 on the season as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but had to hold on to secure the win in their new gym debut.
Williams McQuitter spearheaded Rockdale with 21 points, which further pushed him over the 1,000-point career mark for his career.
The 6-1 senior now has scored 1,031 points and is within reach of Sonny Givens school record of 1,524.
Lance Loewe followed with 11 points and he too is close to surpassing the 1,000-point mark with 986, including 844 at Rockdale (Loewe played at Taylor as a freshman).
Loewe played the part of distributor Tuesday night, dropping off seven assists to accompany two steals.
Rockdale Coach Dusty Loewe also had the benefit of his entire roster on Tuesday night as players off the football team finally suited up, including starter Tyler Wright.
At the outset, the Tigers had no problem adjusting to their new digs, busting out to a 14-0 lead as Wright was raring to go, scoring nine of his 10 points in the first quarter.
The 6-foot-3 junior added seven rebounds and a team-high three steals in his first game of the season.
The Tigers cooled off considerably after that first burst of energy and actually found themselves with a slim 31-29 lead at the break after being outscored 29-17.
Smithville (2-2) used three treys to play catchup after going the first five minutes of the game without scoring.
Loewe struck for eight of his 11 points in the third quarter, including two three-pointers, to provide the Tigers with another double-digit advantage 47-36 with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the quarter.
Smithville sliced the lead to 49-43 to start the fourth quarter, but McQuitter accounted for six of the Tigers final eight points to provide the margin of victory.
Senior postman Justin Gadison patrolled the paint for eight points and collected 15 rebounds, his second straight double-digit rebound outing.
"At times we did some really good things," Loewe said. "Then at other times we decided to go out on our own and get away from the team play.
"We're still trying to feel our way—some things work, some don't—we just need to gain some experience with everybody."
The Tigers used a 25-point third quarter to erase a deficit and defeat LaGrange 70-65 on the road Friday.
Loewe bombed in five three pointers en route to a 26-point night, while McQuitter chipped in 19.
Gadison recorded a doubledouble with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
|FG%: Fisher||75, Gadison||50|
|FT%: Gadison||100, Loewe||83|