By Joshua Bray
The Slaton Tigers lost a pair of close games last week, losing to the Brownfield Cubs 58-55 on Tuesday (Jan. 21), then 45-44 Friday against the Shallowater Mustangs.
Top scorers were Quevon McDaniel with 18, Trevor Baker with 13 and Hudson Sackett with 12. Kevondrick Gober scored seven, Breadan Gibbs with four and Camryn Nalley with one.
The first half, much like the rest of the game, was filled with momentum shifts, seeing the Tigers lose and retake the lead several times.
By the end of the first quarter, the Tigers were up with a six point lead, the score being 20-14. The Cubs were able to close the gap by the end of the second quarter, ending the first half tied 29-29.
The third quarter was just as contentious as the first two. A good offensive showing from the Tigers gave them the lead at the end of the third quarter, 43-41.
Despite their moments of success in the fourth, the Tigers ultimately fell short in the match.
“Again, we started out slow, like we did the last game,” Coach Stacy Godfrey said. “We tried to play catchup, we cut it in two and three, but we just couldn’t finish them.”
Top scorers in the Shallowater game were McDaniel with 12, Sackett with 10 and Gibbs with eight.
Godfrey said postgame a theme of the Tigers season has been needed to find consistency between their offense and defense.
“We need to find a way to be consistent,” he said.
“We did move the ball more this time, but this time we just couldn’t get shots to fall.”
Looking forward to the rest of the season Godfrey said the key for victory for the team is simple.
“We just got to keep working hard.”