Tigers crank up second half with big road victory
Lance Loewe sank four free throws in the final seven seconds to lift the Tigers to a season-saving 68-65 victory over No. 16 Bryan Rudder Tuesday night in Bryan.
The win lifts Rockdale to 15- 12 on the season and keeps the Tigers alive in the district race at 3-4.
Rudder slips to 16-7 andf 5-2.
Loewe, who finished with 20 points, converted two free throws with seven seconds remaining to put Rockdale up by one and then with four seconds left, notched two more for the 68-65 score.
Trailing 35-30 at halftime, the Tigers outscored Rudder 38-30 in the second half.
The X-factor in the game was Tyler Wright, who produced his best outing of the season with 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. He also converted all six of his free throw attempts.
With his 18-point output Tuesday, Will McQuitter established a new single-season scoring record, breaking Sonny Givens’ mark of 616 set in 1994.
McQuitter now has 632 points for the season and is just the second Rckale player to reach the 600-point mark.
McQuitter had already surpassed Givens’ career scoring mark last week.
Time stood still for Madisonville Friday night at Tiger Gym as Jessie Carrington picked up a loose ball and sank a basket with no time left on the clock to shoot a dagger at the Tigers for an unlikely 66-65 victory.
With 1.4 seconds remaining to be played, Madisonville took the ball out underneath their own basket.
During that time frame, the Mustangs tried a lob pass to Brock Taylor at the rim who missed a tip in as Joe Sanders slapped the ball out to the threepoint line where Carrington chased it down, turned and fired a desperation shot at the goal for the game winner.
The bucket erased a steady performance from the resilliant Tigers who never lost their composure in mounting a comeback after trailing most of the game and by six points entering the final eight minutes.
Rockdale never wavered and seized the lead 58-57 on a Justin Gadison layup with 3:24 remaining to be played.
McQuitter’s free throws with 21 seconds to make it 65-61 left appeared to ice the game, but Donald Ford calmly dribbled downcourt and drained a three from the top of the key with 12 seconds left to slice the Tigers once seemingly safe lead to 65- 64.
After Loewe was fouled on the trip upcourt, he missed the front end of a one-and-one with 11 seconds remaining, allowing Madisonville several shots at the basket including the game winner when the ball was knocked out of bounds with 1.4 remaining.
“We made them do what we wanted them to do,” said Rockdale Coach Dusty Loewe. “We wanted them to shoot from the outside, but they shot well tonight. We played pretty well too.”
The Tigers missed just three shots in the final quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 24-19.
McQuitter put up 25 points after his off-night in Cameron (12 points), while Loewe chipped in 17 with five steals, four rebounds and four assists.
TIGER TRACKS— Rockdale coaches Dusty Loewe and Liz McQuitter w ill be hav ing an Open House on Tuesday, Feb 9 vs. Taylor. “We want to “connect” the current athletes with their past, instill pride, and showcase our new facilities,” said McQuitter. It will take place before the girls’ and boys sub-varsity games with half time recognition, trivia, and bonding. “We are also asking for former coaches to attend,” McQuitter said... Correction—In last week’s Reporter, Cameron basketball player Zach Brashear was incorrectly identified as Yoeman coach Tommy Brashear’s son.
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