Tigers split matches against Eagles, Hornets

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

The Slaton Tigers had a bit of a positive in their games this past week, splitting their games with a loss to the Roosevelt Eagles, 48-61 Jan. 26, but winning their game against the Tulia Hornets 61-57 Friday evening (Jan. 29).

Head Coach Stacy Godfrey said the team fought hard against the Eagles, but they let it get away from them early.

“I thought we shot well that game, but really dug ourselves in a hole the second quarter that put us down by 21 at halftime,” he said.

“We came out the second half and outscored them by seven winning the third and fourth quarters, which wasn’t even to close the gap. All players scored, but when you let a team’s two players score all their points, it’s hard to win.”

In that game, top scorer was  Braeden Gibbs with 19 points. Also scoring were Camryn Nalley with eight points, Evan Lopez and Hudson Sackett with six points each, Ayden Ramirez with five points and Treven Baker and Travarian Samuels with two points each.

Godfrey was pleased with how the Tigers were able to pull off the win against Tulia.

“We really shot well from the floor and had two players in double digits. Hudson Sackett had a game high of 31 points, Baker adding in 15 and Gibbs with nine,” he said. “We started out slow and were down 11 points in the first quarter. We rallied back and found a way to put the next third quarter together to win.”

In the game against Tulia, lead scorer was Sackett with 31 points, Baker with 15 points, Gibbs with nine points, Nalley with three points and Lopez with two points.

“We are playing much better and hopefully continue to play well against Childress and Shallowater,” said Godfrey.

The game against Childress was played Tuesday evening (Feb. 4) at home while a game against Shallowater will be played Friday evening (Feb. 5) there.

“Childress and Shallowater are gonna be more physical and aggressive, hopefully the game plan we put together will help sneak another win or even play close,” said Godfrey.

That said, the team has been working hard to finish out the season strong.

“We have really been focusing on the basic fundamental of the game and I think that has contributed to our win and hopefully move us in the right direction for our last three opponents,” he added.

Scores from both games will be reported in next week’s edition.

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