Tigers still breathing after trimming College Station
The Tigers finally got the better of the Cougars Tuesday night and it couldn’t have come at a more convenient time.
Clinging to thin playof f hopes, Rockdale trimmed familiar foe College Station 53-52 at Tiger Gymnasium as the second round of league play tips off.
The Tigers improved to 10-14 overall and 2-4 in District 18-3A, while College Station skids to 20-10 and 3-3
The Tigers—who had lost seven of eight coming in—are probably going to have to win out to earn a second consecutive playoff berth and also get some help from the opposition.
“We’re definitely looking forward to keep things going,” said first-year Rockdale Coach Sergio Garcia. “We need to go at least 4-1 in the second half and we don’t control our own destiny, but we can hang in there.”
In the final 13 minutes of the game, the lead changed hands eight times.
Trai l ing 49- 47 with 2:39 remaining to be played, Wendell Mitchell drove to the hoop for a game-tying basket and was fouled and after a rare miss at the free throw line, Patric Trejo muscled inside to gather up the miss for a followup and a quick 51-49 lead.
Mitchell floated in for another followup for a 53-49 margin with a minute to play.
College Station’s 5-foot-4 point guard Jay Payton then converted a three-point play to tighten the gap to 53-52 with 46 seconds left.
With the Cougars’ pressing on the trip upcourt, Payton picked off a pass but was called for charging.
Pearce Loth sparked the Tigers with 14 points including two key three pointers and seven points in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Mitchell also posted 14 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Payton led College Station with 18.
The Tigers suffered their worst loss of the season, turning the ball over 32 times in a 88-47 setback to No. 9 Navasota on the road Friday night.
The Rattlers (12-0, 5-0) kept the pedal to the floor on the evening, leading 48-22 at the break and then a 24-6 third quarter margin pushed them further ahead, 72-28, heading into the final stanza.
Mitchell scored 19 points, while Loth collected nine points and nine rebounds.
The Tigers were able to get off