Splitsville: Tigers break even vs. rivals
After starting the District 24- 3A slate in an 0-2 hole, Rockdale had rebounded with a pair of victories—one against arch rival Taylor on the road no less.
However, the Tigers took a step back Tuesday night, falling to Cameron 66-61 at Yoe Gym.
The Tigers drop to 14-11 overall and more importantly 2-3 in District 24-3A action.
Rockdale thrashed Taylor 75-51 Friday in Taylor.
With its second straight league victory, Cameron (18-8 overall) joins the third place log jam at 2-3 in district with the Tigers and Taylor.
Givens, a 6-foot-6 postman who played four years on the varsity from 1991-94, collected 1,524 points in his career.
McQuitter almost etched his name atop another section of the Tiger record book by erupting for 46 points Friday night against Taylor.
With the 46-point outburst, McQuitter turned in the third best scoring peformance in RHS history, behind Clyde Luetge’s school record 51 in 1954.
Luetge also put up 50 in 1953 and Charles Jones also had 46 points in 1946.
It was the most points scored by a Tiger since Jeff King used 10 three-pointers to post 40 points in 1990.
Tuesday’s milestone had to be a bittersweet one for the senior as his team lost and in a typically physical and trach-talking filled Rockdale-Cameron contest, was kicked out of the game along with the Yoemen’s Jack Rhoades, son of Cameron Athletic Director Rick Rhoades.
With 40 seconds left in the game, McQuitter and Rhoades collided on a layup attempt by McQuitter and after Rhoades stuffed McQuitter to the ground, turned and tried to get the already raucus Cameron crowd into the game by waving his arms.
Rhoades was tossed and after Cameron’s Zach Brashear—son of Yoe Coach Tommy Brashear—and Steven Townsend kept up the dialouge, McQuitter took excpetion and he was tossed after being pushed by Townsend.
Finding himself being doubled teamed most of the game and even triple teamed, the Yoemen suffocated McQuitter with a matchup zone and while he doubled his average against Taylor, his normal output was cut in half, with 12 points and just three in second half.
Coincidently, it was his only points of the second half—an unlikely three-pointer—that pushed him over the scoring mark.
With McQuitter out of commission, it was senior point guard Lance Loewe that rallied the Tigers, almost single-handidly pulling his team to within three after they had fallen behind by 13 with 4 minutes, 12 seconds remaining to be played.
Loewe, who finished with 27 points, torched Cameron for 16 points in the final eight minutes , including 16 of the last 21 points scored by Rockdale.
His steal and subsequent threepointer brought Rockdale within 64-61 with 11 seconds left.
Loewe nailed down six shots from behind the arc, including three in the final 3:31 and the Tigers posted a season-high nine treys on the evening.
Postman Justin Gadison chipped in 10 points and six rebounds, but the Tigers were battered by the Yoemen on the boards, 40-24, with the 6-foot-4 Rhoades sweeping up a dozen caroms.
Cameron had four players in double figures, led by Brashear’s 16 as he accounted for three of Cameron’s seven three-pointers.
Not sur pr isingly, McQuitter turned in his best shooting night of the season, going 17for-22 from the floor against the Ducks.
He sank 11-of-16 free throws and also led the Tigers with eight rebounds.
McQuitter had 22 points by halftime. He opened the second quarter by scoring 12 of the first 14 points in front of a overflow crowd at Taylor Gymnasium where both student bodies vocally supporting their teams and taunted each other.
Everytime McQuitter touched t he ball, t he “ Tiger Nation” student group shouted “MVP, MVP”.
His total of 46 was exactly twice his average coming in.
“We had good schemes against Taylor both offensivley and defensively,” Loewe said. “We made them make a decision on who they were going to defend in what we were doing—either Lance or Will— and they chose to extend out on Lance.”
Both players excelled against the Ducks and while McQuitter bulled his way inside, Loewe kept them honest on the perimeter with 14 points, including two treys.
Led by Loewe, the Tigers also put the clamps on Taylor’s leading scorer Mark Jackson, who came in averaging 20 points per game, but was limited to 15 and just six in the first half.
The athletic Jackson did not produce his first basket until there were 3 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half.
“We knew he was an excellent player and he did the most with his chances tonight,” Taylor coach Justin Boswell said of McQuitter’s performance. “He converted around the basket and knocked down his free throws when he was put on the line.”
McQuitter’s most productive quarter was after halftime, when he boosted the Tigers’ slim sevenpoint margin into double digits by the end of the period after scoring 14 points.
The T igers had lost t hree straight to the Ducks before Friday night.
Things don’t get any easier for Rockdale—which has dropped nine of its last 12 games—with three straight contests against ranked district opponents Madisonville, Rudder and Navasota.
The Madisonville and Rudder contests are at home. Four of the Tigers next seven games are in Rockdale.
TIGER TR ACKS— William Dean pumped in 30 points in the freshman team’s 50-40 victory over Taylor... No. 25 Navasota’s double-overtime loss to Madisonville Friday was its first district loss in three years... Navasota in turn handed No. 10 Bryan Rudder its first district loss Tuesday night.
Here’s a look at the quarter-byquarter breakdown of Will McQuitter’s 46-point night against Taylor.
|1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total|
|10 12 14 10 46|
Team District Overall
Navasota 5-1 14-4
Bryan Rudder 4-1 15-6
Madisonville 2-2 13-7
Cameron 2-3 18-8
Rockdale 2-3 14-11
Taylor 2-3 11-13
Caldwell 0-4 2-16
Tuesday results: Cameron 66,
Rockdale 61; Navasota 82, Bryan
Friday’s results: Rockdale 75,
Taylor 51; Cameron 60, Caldwell
43; Madisonville 83, Navasota 81
TIGERS SEASON STATS
Player Games PTS AVG
McQuitter 25 589 23.5
Loewe 25 360 14.4
Gadison 24 221 9.2
Wright 22 174 7.9
Peters 20 50 2.5
Sanders 20 52 2.6
Skubal 7 18 2.6
Davidson 22 36 1.8
Dixon 15 17 1.1
Fisher 11 12 1.1
Evans 9 4 0.4
White 17 7 0.4
Rebounds: Gadison 7.0, McQuitter 6.2
Assists: Loewe 4.7, McQuitter 2.5
FG%: Peters 60, Gadison 55
FT%: Loewe 85, McQuitter 69
3PTS: Loewe 62, McQuitter 13
Steals: Loewe 85, McQuitter 38
Points Player Seasons
1,526 William McQuitter 2007-10
1,524 Sonny Givens 1991-94
1,384 Johnny Timmerman 1956-58
1,195 Vincent Banks 1978-80
1,150 Jerry Haupt 1969-71
1,129 Lance Loewe 2008-10
1,112 Jeff King 1988-90
1,057 Tee Richardson 2005-07
1,029 David Woods 1981-83
908 Katory Morrison 2005-07
890 P.J. Williams 1993-95
827 Clyde Luetge 1953-54
RHS TOP GAMES
Pts Player Year
51 Clyde Luetge 1954
50 Clyde Luetge 1953
46 William McQuitter 2010
46 Charles Jones 1946
40 Jeff King 1990
37 Johnny Timmerman 1958
36 Sonny Givens 1993
35 Eddie Grubbs 1955
RHS SEASON BESTS
Points Player Year
616 Sonny Givens 1994
589 William McQuitter 2010
582 Sonny Givens 1993
579 Jeff King 1990
556 John Robertson 1995
550 Dub Fatheree 1970
525 William McQuitter 2009
522 Vincent Banks 1980
513 David Woods 1983
501 Johnny Timmerman 1957
496 Clyde Luetge 1954