By Joshua Bray
The Slaton Tigers lost at home Tuesday night (Jan. 28) against the Abernathy Antelopes. Despite strong showings from Breaden Gibbs and Quevon McDaniel, the Tigers lost the game 60-40.
Leading scorers were Gibbs with 14, McDaniel with 13 and Hudson Sackett with six. Trevon Baker scored three while Kevondrick Gober and Ayden Ramirez both scored two.
“Quevon had a really solid game. Everyone else, we played tough, we just got to fix some things,” Coach Stacy Godfrey said after the game.
Throughout the game the Tigers played at a near constant deficit. Despite a fast pace at the start, the Tigers couldn’t get their defense going enough to stop the Antelopes from maintaining and later expanding their lead.
Godfrey said that despite the loss the Tigers battled hard and also identified certain adjustments needed going forward into the season.
“I thought we played tough,” Godfrey said. “We let a lot of too easy baskets on the defensive end get inside the paint.”
With 24 points coming from three-point shots, the Tigers were able to keep the Antelopes at only an 11-point lead by halftime. Four out of eight of the three-point shots made were by Breadan Gibbs.
Despite consistent 10 points scored in the each of the final two quarters, the lack of stops on defense saw the Antelopes take off with the game and end the night with a 20-point lead.
“I think we started out pretty good,” Godfrey said. “Again, it’s just defensively, we got to get stops. We got to home in on the defensive possession and get back in there and stop the ball.”
The Tigers rebounded the following game Friday (Jan. 31) in a 66-54 win over the Idalou Eagles.
Top scorers were McDaniel with 19 points, Baker with 15 points and Sackett with 13 points. Also scoring were Gibbs and Camryn Nalley with eight points each and A. Ramirez with three.
Godfrey said he was pleased with the results, which will help them fight for a chance to appear in playoffs.
“We are focused on making the playoffs this year and this win is one of the seven we needed to win to help get us there,” he said. “Every night is gonna be a battle, so we need to come each night and play our best. Our District is tough and every team comes to play. We had a couple players step and made some big shot to help get the win.”
The Tigers played Tuesday against Littlefield and play against Denver City Friday.