Tigers post season hopes fade as season closes out
The Tigers 60-58 loss to Taylor Friday night eliminated them from playoff contention, following a year in which they broke a 15-year losing record, playoff drought.
With a 71-33 loss to District 18-3A champion Navasota Tuesday at Tiger Gym, Rockdale ends the year at 11-17 and 3-7 in league play.
The Tigers ended the season with three straight losses.
The No. 10 Rattlers (17- 0, 10-0) slithered through district unbeaten after a late start due to football. Madisonville (25-6, 7-3) grabbed second, while a surprise Taylor team (13-15, 6-4) snuck into the final playoff spot.
Against Navasota Tuesday, the Tigers shot just 29 percent from the floor in their lowest scoring total of the season.
Sophomore point guard Wendell Mitchell scored 14 points, while in his final game as a Tiger, senior guard William Dean had eight points and five boards.
Mitchell also recorded seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Against Taylor, the Tigers led most of the game and 46-43 heading into the final period, but were outscored 17-12 at the end for the two-point loss.
Despite shooting 48 percent from the floor, the Tigers could not overcome 21 turnovers.
Mitchell and Loth each pumped in 20 points to lead Rockdale as Loth rained in four three pointers as he scored more than double his average.
Mitchell also took seven rebounds, dished off six assists and nabbed five steals.
Mitchell has now scored 1,167 points in his career which puts him seventh on the all-time RHS list behind Lance Lowe’s 1,245 (2008-10).
With two years remaining in his high school career, Mitchell needs just 520 points to break McQuitter’s career scoring mark.
The Tigers return the core of the team for next season with leading scorer Mitchell, leading rebounder Loth, Darius Ford and Ed Dansby who are all sophomores.
Rockdale loses just three seniors, guard William Dean, and postmen Patric Trejo and Pedro Ibares.