Tigers trimmed on the road by Smithville in OT
Tigers drop to 6-5 and have lost three straight.
The Tigers bolted out to a 32-21 advantage at intermission, but Smithville came storming back with a 26-point third quarter to slice Rockdale’s lead to 50-47 by the end of the third quarter.
Smithville—5-2 and winners of three straight—made up the three-point difference in the fourth quarter to force the game into overtime, where it outscored Rockdale 6-5.
In a torrid scoring battle, Smithville’s 6-foot-3 junior Khalil McCathern outdueled Rockdale’s Wendell Mitchell 27 points to 24 points.
Despite the 24 points, the Rockdale point guard struggled from the field, missing 18-of-25 shots including 6-of-11 shots from behind the arc.
Mitchell is averaging 29.6 points a game in 11 contests this season, already surpassing 300 points on the year.
Mitchell also leads the Tigers in assists, steals and blocked shots.
On Tuesday, senior guard William Dean supplemented Mitchell with 19 points and Darius Ford 15, while Pearce Loth took nine rebounds.
Peter Marek complemented McCathern with 22 for Smithville.
The Tigers don’t play again until Dec. 27 at the Cameron Tournament.
The Tigers took two-out-of three in the three-day Franklin Tournament, often playing much larger schools.
The Tigers lost to district mate College Station twice 68-64 and 84-76 and to Calvert 70-54, while defeating another district foe Caldwell 82-53 and Bryan 89-48.
In the final College Station contest, Rockdale watched a 47-41 lead evaporate as the Cougars erupted for 27 fourth quarter points to steal the win.
Mitchell was limited to his lowest point total of the season with 15 points, while Dean (15 points, 8-of-10 from the free throw line) and Pearce Loth (12 points, 13 rebounds) tried to take up the slack.
In the first College Station encounter, Mitchell tied a careehigh with 41 points, the second time he has reached that number this season.
Mitchell was 15-of-26 from the floor with just one three pointer in three attempts.
He also converted 10-of-13 free throw shots to go along with six steals, four rebounds and three assists.
Dean joined Mitchell in double figures with 15 with three treys.
Again, College Station used a big fourth quarter to get past the Tigers.
In the Tigers’ loss to Calvert (ranked No. 9 in Class A), Mitchell tossed in 31 points and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line.
He also collected three assists, three steals and three blocks as Rockdale fell behind early and could not recover.
In Rockdale’s victory over Caldwell, Mitchell paced the Tigers to a large first half lead with 35 points on the strength of five three pointers.
He was 12-of-21 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the line.
Mitchell also contributed five steals.
Dean pumped in a career-high 22 points with four treys.
In the tournament opening win over Bryan, Mitchell used five three-pointers to can 34 points.
He dished off seven assists, grabbed four steals and two blocks.
Ford followed with 16 points, Loth 13 and Dean 11 as the Tigers combined for 11 treys.
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TIGERS SEASON STATS
Rebounds: Loth 6.7, Trejo 5.2
Assists: Mitchell 2.9, Dean 1.3
FG%: Dansby 65, Ibarres 53
FT%: Ibarres 100, Mitchell 81
3PTS: Mitchell 35, Dean 15
Steals: Mitchell 35, Dean 12