Tigers make slam dunk of Cameron X-Mas Classic
The Tigers took home the top prize on the boys side going unbeaten and defeating Whitney 71-46. For the girls, Brenham took out Marble Falls 54-40 for the trophy.
The Tigers improve to 12-3 on the season, already improving on their 11-16 mark from last season.
Rockdale went 4-0 in the tourament, racking up wins against Marlin, Giddings and Whitney in the finale.
Chuck Mitchell continued his torrid scoring pace, averaging 26.7 points a game to lead the Tigers to the title.
Darius Ford was also a steady force, providing 20 points an outing as Mitchell’s wing man, including a career-high 28 points and 15 rebounds.
In the finale against Whitney, Mitchell was close to a quadruple double with 25 points, eight rebounds, seven steals and seven assists.
Ford followed with 16 points as the Tigers jumped out 24-9 in the first quarter and never looked back.
To reach the finals, the Tigers had to fight back after trailing early in a 63-61 victory over Giddings.
Mitchell struck for 32 points, while manufacturing six rebounds, five steals and three assists.
Ford chipped in 16 points and was 12-of-17 from the free throw line, while postman James David grabbed eight boards and three steals.
In the 60-57 tournament opener, Rockdale had to fight off Marlin as Mitchell pumped in 28 points, with 13 rebounds and six steals.
Mitchell, the best free throw shooter in Class 3A last season, was 11-of-15 from the line.
Ford recorded another double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
In just 2 1/2 years of varsity play, Mitchell needs just two points to become the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer, besting William McQuitter’s mark of 1,672 set from 2007-10.
The junior point guard is averaging 34.6 points per outing so far this season.
The Bulldogs went 2-1 in the Classic, defeating host Cameron and Robinson while falling in the opener to Bruceville-Eddy.
Thorndale stands 5-3 on the season.
In the tournament opening 56-48 loss to Bruceville-Eddy, the Bulldogs fell behind 21-6 in the first and could not catch up.
Sophomore Americo Vazquez supplied 18 points, folowed by Jordan Hafley’s 10.
Hafley led the way with 17 points in Thorndale’s 58-54 vicory over host Cameron as the Bulldog’s pull away late.
Eric Hinistroza had 15 and Vazquez 12.
Hafley erupted for 34 points in Thorndale’s 72-58 win over Robinson.
Vazquez chipped in 11 as after trailing 27-26 at halftime, the Bulldogs exploded to outscore the Rockets 46-31 in the second half.
The Thorndale Lady Dogs finished fourth in their annual Shootout tournament over the weekend. They opened up play with a win over Lago Vista on Friday, but lost to Salado in the tourney semifinals later that night.
Thorndale (5-9) then fell to Little River Academy in the third place game.
Salado defeated Schulenburg in the tourney title game and Taylor beat Lago Vista for the consolation trophy.
The Lady Dogs will host Buckholts on Friday at Bulldog Gym. They will then open up District 26A play on Tuesday when they host Granger.
Rosebud-Lott Tournament With only one reserve player on the bench, the Milano Eagles went 1-2 at the Rosebud-Lott tournament over the weekend, finishing sixth at the two- day event.
Milano (3-10) had two starters and three reserves out of state for the holidays and played with a very small roster.
The Eagles opened up tourney play on Friday against host Rosebud Lott, falling 52-42. Later that evening, they defeated Covington 71-19.
On Saturday, the Eagles fell in the consolation game to Lago Vista 42-37.
Milano head coach Jacob Dent said the team played well, despite the limited personnel.
“We didn’t do bad at all. A few plays away from winning both games we lost,” Dent said.
The Eagles will host Milam County neighbor Rockdale on Friday at Geneva Paceley Gym. Games will get underway at 3:30 p.m. Milano will then host Giddings on Tuesday at 5 p.m.