Tigers close out season
The loss leaves the Tigers dead even for the season at 16-16. They finish 4-8 in District 24-3A and in sixth place behind Taylor who prevented Cameron from entering the playoffs with a 63-61 win Tuesday.
Navasota and Bryan Rudder were the co-district champions while Madisonville earned third place with the win over the Tigers.
Rockdale was eliminated from any playoff possibilities after a 62-60 loss to Cameron Friday night at Tiger Gym.
The Rockdale playoff drought continues and now stands at 14 years since a Tiger team has ventured into the post season or posted a winning record.
With a team that featured the highest scoring teammates in RHS history in Lance Loewe and William McQuitter, plus four senior starters, expectations were high for 2009-2010.
McQuitter became the school’s all-time leading scorer and finished with 1,677 points. He also became the first Tiger to score over 700 points in a single season and finished with 740 for the year.
With, 1,246 points, Loewe finishes his career as the fourth leading scorer in RHS history.
In the loss to Madisonville, McQuitter poured in 22, while Loewe finished with 14.
In a twist of fate, Cameron needed Rockdale to knock off Madisonville for a clear path to the playoffs.
The Tigers did not oblige. They jumped out early, but a cold shooting second quarter left Rockdale trailing 32-30 at intermission.
After the Mustangs jumped out even further ahead 54-45 after three periods, the Tigers fought back one last time to pull within three.
Tyler Wright and Justin Gadison also found double figures with 11 and 10 repectively with Wright canning three treys and Gadison grabbing eight boards.
Brock Taylor boosted Madisonville with 20 poins.
In yet another must-win situation, the Tigers forged a lead against Cameron at the outset of the second half, but lost their grip in the fourth quarter and could not climb back on top.
The Tigers did come out with an intensity they lacked in a loss last week to Taylor.
Trailing 15-14 after the first quarter, Rockdale snatched the lead 31-29 at halftime on McQuitter’s double-pump layup with two seconds left.
The Tigers canned three treys in the quarter, including two from Loewe.
Rockdale was stoked to start the third quarter as McQuitter bulled inside for two straight baskets, followed by Loewe’s fourth three-pointer of the evening and the Tigers produced the biggest lead by either team, 38-31.
However, Cameron outran Rockdale 12-5 in the remainder of the quarter to knot the game at 43-43 heading into the final period.
The lead changed hands six times in the final eight minutes and after a three-pointer from Joe Sanders and three free throws from Loewe and Tyler Wright, the Tigers led again 49-45 with 5 minutes, 47 seconds left.
Trading punches over the next five minutes, the Yoemen were able to maintain their lead on two long distance bombs from the top of the key from Tommy Anderson.
Rockdale’s last lead came with 41 seconds remaining to be played on McQuitter’s spin move inside to make it 59-58.
Dook ie Wells’ free throws pushed Cameron back ahead before McQuitter pulled the game even at 60-60, sinking one-oftwo free throws.
Tommy Brashear drove the baseline with 12 seconds left for a 62-60 Yoemen lead.
The Tigers had several opportunities to either tie the game or grab the lead, but similar to the Taylor game, had trouble getting the ball in bounds.
Tyler Wr ight threw an inbounds pass out of the reach of Loewe and out of bounds and then after Townsend missed two free throws with nine seconds left, Loewe had trouble controlling the ball, which Cameron knocked out of bounds with three seconds showing.
Rockdale had a final chance for one shot, but Sanders’ 15-footer at the buzzer glanced off the rim.
The Tigers struggled from the free throw line again, missing half their 16 free throws, including five in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Cameron—a 57 percent free throw shooting team on the year— sank 17-of-23 at the line and were nine-of-12 in the fourth quarter.
“In the second half when they went to the triangle-and-two to stop Will and Lance, that threw us off,” Loewe said. “It had a major effect on how we could score.”
McQuitter put up 24 points (12 in each half), while Loewe added 18 on four-of-eight shooting from behind the arc.
Rhoades led Cameron’s balanced scoring with 15 points while sweeping the boards for 12 rebounds.
In five seasons at Rockdale, Dusty Loewe is 65-84. Overall he is 469-418 in 36 seasons... Lance Loewe finished his career w ith 207 three-pointers after sinking 88 this season... McQuitter shot an incredible 627 free throws in his career, making 402, including 206 this season... After taking the first six games in their new gym, the Tigers finished the season 7- 7 at home... Tyler Wright will be the only returning starter for the Tigers next season.
Team District Overall
Navasota 10-2* 19-5
Bryan Rudder 10-2* 22-7
Madisonville 7-5* 18-10
Cameron 6-6 22-11
Taylor 5-7 14-18
Rockdale 4-8 16-16
Caldwell 0-12 2-25
*Clinched playoff berth.
Tuesday results: Madisonville 67,
Rockdale 64; Taylor 63, Cameron
61; Rudder 62, Caldwell 44; Navasota
Friday’s results: Cameron 62,
Rockdale 60; Rudder 77, Navasota
70; Madisonville def. Caldwell; Taylor
TIGERS FINAL SEASON STATS
Player Games PTS AVG
McQuitter 32 740 23.1
Loewe 32 476 14.9
Gadison 31 276 8.9
Wright 29 227 7.8
Sanders 28 76 2.7
Peters 28 67 1.9
Skubal 8 18 2.3
Lewis 4 4 1.0
Davidson 29 49 1.7
Dixon 16 17 1.1
Fisher 11 12 1.1
David 4 4 1.0
Evans 9 4 0.4
White 22 10 0.5
Evans, A. 2 2 1.0
Rebounds: Gadison 6.9 McQuitter 6.2
Assists: Loewe 4.3, McQuitter 2.6
FG%: Gadison 56, Peters 55
FT%: Loewe 81, McQuitter 65
3PTS: Loewe 88, McQuitter 18
Steals: Loewe 116, McQuitter 47
RHS CAREER SCORERS
1,677 William McQuitter 2007-10
1,524 Sonny Givens 1991-94
1,384 Johnny Timmerman 1956-58
1,246 Lance Loewe 2008-10
1,195 Vincent Banks 1978-80
1,150 Jerry Haupt 1969-71
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