Tigers suffer through a second helping of Duck
The Tigers (1-2) couldn’t overcome a difficult night shooting in falling to the Ducks 50-37 on the road last Tuesday and suffered the same fate Tuesday night at home by nearly the same margin 45-33.
The Tigers held the lead in most of the second and third quarters, but went stone cold in the final period, going nearly four minutes without a basket.
Freshman point guard Wendell Mitchell, who led the Tigers with 13 points, provided the Tigers with their biggest lead after his jumper from the free throw line made it 26-22 with 3 minutes, 20 seconds left in the third quarter.
However, Rockdale suffered its first dry spell of the second half and were outscored 8-2 the rest of the way and the Ducks had snatched the lead 30-28 heading into the final period.
A bucket by Cody Skubal on a pass from Mitchell and a free throw from William Dean pulled the Tigers within 33-31 with four minutes remaining to be played, but they would not score again until James David’s layup with 15 seconds left.
Dean followed Mitchell with 10 points, while Skubal posted five points and seven boards.
The Tigers were 1-for-12 from the three-point arc.
Jarvis Caldwell led Taylor with 17 points
Last Tuesday, Rockdale connected on just 10-of-54 field goal attempts (19 percent), including 4-of-20 from behind the arc.
Skubal was the lone Tiger in double figures with 10, while Mitchell missed 15 of the 17 shots he took and finished with eight, which is 10 below his average.
Skubal snared nine rebounds to lead Rockdale.
Despite outscoring Taylor 26- 25 in the second half, the Tigers could not overcome a 25-11 halftime deficit.