By Melissa McCaghren
It may have been Christmas Break, but the Slaton
Tiger basketball team has been busy competing the past two weeks.
The team competed in the Caprock Classic, eventually winning consolation.
One of the teams they played was a team from Canada, Sardis Secondary School, where the team lost a hard fought match 46-48.
Scorers in the game were Quevon McDaniel with 21 points, Hudson Sackett with nine points, Breaden Gibbs and Ayden Ramirez with six points each and Mike Solis with two points.
Though they lost, Head Coach Stacy Godfrey spoke highly of competing against Canada. “It was a great experience, they played very hard, well coached and very aggressive on defense. Pretty much the same style of play,” he said.
In the consolation bracket, Slaton defeated Miami 73-34. Scorers were McDaniel with 17, Alizae Mendez with 13, Gibbs with 10, Mike Solis with eight, Sackett with six, Mario Sanchez with five, Camryn Nalley with four, and Treven Baker, Ivan Ramirez and Ayden Ramirez with two each.
The team then went on to defeat Sundown 65-60. Scoring were McDaniel with 28, Mendez with 11, Sackett with 10, Gibbs with eight, Sanchez with four, Gober with three and Baker with one.
In the consolation game, Slaton won 62-60 against Texline. Scorers were McDaniel with 31, Gober with 12, A. Ramirez with eight, Sanchez, Sackett and Gibbs with three, and Solis with two.
Godfrey was overall happy with the tournament, but feels that the team could do better. “Our overall play I thought was pretty good, we have to learn how to finish games and play all 4 periods, we let the first game get away from us,” he said.
“Defense improvement is a must, our shooting percentage is low and we have to have other team members contribute more on offense.”
McDaniel was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Tigers then played Abernathy Friday (Jan. 3), losing 66-42 to the Antelopes.
That said, Godfrey is looking forward to the next series of games. “I think this next stretch of games is going to be good for us, our district is tough and we have to come out and play every game, every night,” he said.
“Shallowater/Abernathy will be our toughest opponents, but we can’t sleep on the other teams as well. Every game is must win, if we are going to make the play-offs.”
The team played Idalou Tuesday (Jan. 7) at home. Individual stats and scores were not available at press time.
The team will then play at Littlefield Friday (Jan. 10). Games start at 6:15 p.m. in Littlefield.