Lanier fights back for win

2010 TIGER CLASSIC 2010 TIGER CLASSIC Trailing by double digits at halftime, Austin Lanier decided it was time for them to dictate the pace of the game, which meant finding out how good a shape they were in.

The Vikings had little trouble in sprinting up and down the court and posted a 44-point second half to push them past Dripping Springs 69- 63 to nab the 2010 Tiger Classic.

Lanier (7-1) placed five of t hei r si x players in double figures,

led by Mark Britton’s 18.

Dripping Springs (7-2) was led by guard Jalen Jury’s 16, but were limited to eight third quarter points as the Vikings sped to a 48-43 lead.

Rockdale was unable to defend its own title in its own tournament after falling to Lanier in the second round, but placed third after outlasting Austin Crockett 40-34.

“We are gradually learning how to play at the varsity level and learning our roles,” said Rockdale Coach Dusty Loewe. “I thought that against Lanier we just haven’t learned to play at that fast of a pace or our skill level is not ready for that pace.

Sophomore point guard Ethan Brinkley scored 13 points to lead Rockdale past Austin Crockett for third place in the Tiger Classic. Reporter/ Bill Martin Sophomore point guard Ethan Brinkley scored 13 points to lead Rockdale past Austin Crockett for third place in the Tiger Classic. Reporter/ Bill Martin “But in the Crockett game— even though we didn’t play that well offensively—we won because of our defense.

Playing without starting postman LeRaven Clark who was on a recruiting trip to TCU, the Tigers came out blazing against the Cougars and missed just eight shots in the first hald in construycting a 28-18 lead.

In the shooting spree, Rockdale canned six three-pointers in the first half, including four straight to open the game.

Ethan Brinkley supplied 12 of his game-high 13 points in the first half.

Then Tigers got out of the first half with just four turnovers, but the miscues returned to start the second half and they turned the ball over six times before they could get off a shot and it allowed the Cougars to crawl within 28-24.

A drive by Cody Skubal and layup by Austin Evans at the end of the quarter allowed Rockdale to carry a 33-25 lead into the final period.

Neither team could find the range in the fourth quarter with Crockett going 4:30 without scoring its first field goal and the Tigers waiting 5:20 for their first bucket.

Rockdale was 2-for-10 from the field in the quarter and Crockett missed 11 of 12 shots. The Cougars shot 24 percent from the field for the game.

In the 68-49 loss to eventual champion Lanier, the Tigers got off to an awful start and couldn’t recover after trailing 32-13 at intermission.

Rockdale’s top two scorers, Skubal and Clark, were a combined 4-for-21 from the floor for 11 points.

James David picked up the slack with 11 points.

In their first win over Lexington Trinity Christian, Skubal and Clark had the range, with Skubal’s 15 points and Clark’s 12 as the Tigers jumped out early and held on for a 50-46 victory.

Skubal was named to the alltournament team.

“Overall—with no lettermen returning—finishing third in the tournament with a win over a 4A school should build confidence with our players,” Loewe said.

“Everything is geared for getting ready for the January 14 district game with LaGrange when all games really count.”

Tuesday

The Tigers at tacked A llen Academy’s zone defense with crisp passing in an impressive 52-22 victory Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.

Rockdale (5-3) jumped out early on the Rams and led 29-9 at the break after blanking Allen in the second quarter.

The Rams (3-1) went almost 10 minutes without scoring between the first and third quarter and by the time they did, the Tigers lead 31-11.

Rockdale poured it on in the fourth quarter, scoring eight straight points to open the period with baskets by Derek David, Ethan Brinkley and Austin Evans to make it 48-19.

The Tigers passed off for 20 assists and turned the ball over just a season-low seven times.

Skubal took advantage of the back-door cuts for a careerhigh 19 points, along with five rebounds and five assists.

He was followed by Brinkley’s 12.

“After playing a 2-1-2 zone in the first half, Coach (Dave) Bliss chose to switch to a matchup zone,” said Loewe. “So we just ran our man offense and slid a guy on the baseline to get the easy basket.”

BOYS BRACKET

Championship—Austin Lanier 69, Dripping Springs 63. 3rd place—Rockdale 40, Austin Crockett 34 Consolation—Mumford 69, Hearne 57 7th place—Trinity Christian 70, Thrall 44 9th place—Robinson 61, Somerville 29 Third round—Austin Lanier 68, Rockdale 49; Mumford 67, Robinson 64; Mumford 90, Thrall 48. Second round—Rockdale 50, TCA 46; Dripping Springs 71, Mumford 62. First round—Dripping Springs 65, Hearne 57; Austin Crockett 64, Somerville 27; Austin Lanier 70, Robinson 45; TCA 70, Thrall 44.

All Tournament

BOYS Cody Skubal—Rockdale Aubrie King—Mumford Jordan Dedear—Trinity Christian Rodrick Jackson—Hearne Obiama Ugoala—Austin Crockett Mark Brown, Kenneth Delley, Abrie Anderson—Austin Lanier Jalen Jury, Connor Lewis—Dripping Springs

GIRLS Mirah Knapek, Olivia Atkins, Marlene Hall—Thorndale Ashley Cooper, Sarah Oliver—Sealy Breanna Homer, Mariah Scott— LaGrange Leah Mikesky, Kaitlin Wheeler— Schulenburg Brooke Brashear—Cameron

TOURNEY WINNERS

2010—Austin Lanier 2009—Rockdale 1990—Calvert 1989—Rockdale 1988—Liberty HIll 1987—Copperas Cove 1986—Austin Johnston 1985—Rockdale 1984—Rockdale 1983—Waco University 1982—Waco University 1981—Georgetown 1980—Rockdale 1979—Hays 1978—Rockdale 1977—Rockdale 1976—Rockdale 1975—Rockdale 1974—Rockdale 1973—Taylor 1972—Rockdale 1971—Taylor 1970—Del Valle 1969—Hearne 1968—Teague 1967—Rockdale 1966—Rockdale 1965—Giddings 1964—Rockdale 1963—Rockdale 1962—Hutto 1961—Rockdale 1960—Houston Jones 1959—Houston Jones 1958—Houston Jones 1957—Houston Lamar 1956—Rockdale 1955—Thorndale


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