Tigers drop last second heartbreaker to Ducks

Cagers looking foward to second half road stand


Rockdale’s Pearce Loth puts up a basket in the Tigers’ district loss to Taylor Tuesday night at Tiger Gym. 
Reporter/Cliff Dungan Rockdale’s Pearce Loth puts up a basket in the Tigers’ district loss to Taylor Tuesday night at Tiger Gym. Reporter/Cliff Dungan With a watchful eye on the teams that are ahead of them in the district standings, the Rockdale Tigers couldn’t afford to lose focus of who was right in front of them—Taylor.

It took a last second shot to earn the Ducks their road victory Tuesday night in Tiger Gym, 56-54.

The Tigers dip to 9-13 overall and 1-3 in District 18-3A.

Taylor improved to 10-17 and 2-2.

Playing just their first and only home district game in the first round of play, the Tigers outscored the Ducks 20-17 in the final period to erase a 39-34 deficit in a back-and-forth battle.

Darius Ford and Wendel l Mitchell each fired in 17 points to lead the Tigers.

While the Tigers have just one home game in the first half of league play, conversly, they will play at home, four of their last five games, as they aim for a second consecutive playoff appearance for the first time since 1996-97.

With his 17 points, Mitchell becomes just the third Rockdale player to post back-to-back 500-point seasons, behind William McQuitter (2009-10) and Sonny Givens (1993-94).

The sophomore now has 1,029 points in his career.

Madisonville

After trailing most of the first half, the Tigers surged to the front, 63-62, after outscoring Madisonville 23-13 in the third quarter.

However, the Mustangs (20-4, 2-1) regained the lead by returning the favor and outscoring Rockdale by 10 to seize the victory as the Tigers turned the ball over 25 times.

Mitchell pumped in 27 points on the strength of perfection at the free throw line, sinking 10-of- 10 shots as Rockdale made 19-of- 26 free throws on the evening.

He also turned in six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Loth was a mons ter on the boards, gathering up 19 rebounds to accompany his 16 points.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore was also 3-for-3 from behind the arc.

Loth’s 19 boards is one of the top recorded rebounding games in RHS history.

Ray Locklin (1976), Sherman Smith (1971) and Danny Laird (1971) all collected 20 rebounds.

Senior guard Marcus Tyler burned the Tigers for 31 points.


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