Mansfield and Lavaca got together on Friday night to play a conference game before heading into Christmas Break. Lavaca came out on top 75-40. Coach Brown stated “We knew coming in they were really good and that we would have to have a great game. They play really good defense, physical and in your britches, and they execute offensively on the other end of the floor. They did that tonight very well. I have a lot of respect for Coach Reed and the program that he has helped build.”
Lavaca got the night started off with a baseline drive from Kolby Glidwell. Jetson Wagner would hit the first of 12 Arrow three pointers, making the score 5-0. Zayne Dugan would get the Tigers on the board with a put back basket making the score, 5-2, with 4:37 left in the first quarter of play. Drake Grantham would hit another 3 for the Arrows and Tyler Escalante would add two free throws for the Tigers. Alex Hobbs would hit a three on the next possession for Lavaca extending the lead to 11-4. With 1:20 left in the quarter Luke Watson would score his first field goal of the game but Clint Stovall would answer for the Tigers with a three point basket, making the score 13-7, Lavaca. The Arrows would end the first quarter on a 7-0 run, ending the first with a 20-7 lead.
The Tigers would start the 2nd quarter on an 8-0 run led by back to back threes from Travis Tobey and a jumper from Zayne Dugan. This would be the closest the Tigers would get as the score was 20-15 with 5:26 to go in the half. The Arrows would use a 20-0 run over the next four minutes, knocking down four threes in that stretch. Drew Elmore would stop the run with a turnaround jumper, making the score 40-17. After two free-throws from Watson, Clint Stovall would hit a three from the corner. With 4.5 second sot go in the half, Grantham would add two free throws for the Arrows. Clint Stovall would take the inbound and watch a half-court heave, bank in, to make the halftime score, 44-23.
Glidwell would make a free throw for the Arrows to start the second half. Tyler Escalante would add a three for the Tigers, netting the score at 45-26. Lavaca would use an 11-3 run to make the score 56-29 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Stovall would hit his fourth 3 of the game. The Arrows would outscore the Tigers 5-1 from that point to end the third, 61-33.
The teams would exchange points from the free throw line to begin the fourth quarter. J. Wagner would hit his third 3 pointer of the game to extend the lead, 66-35. The Golden Arrows would outscore the Tigers, 12-5 over the final five minutes, giving us the final of 75-40.
“We will get back to practice next week before giving our guys some time off for Christmas. I thought our guys played really hard tonight. Thought they never gave up. Lavaca is a great team and I think you will see them in the conversation come March. With that being said I think we could be a great team. We just have to continue to improve each day and I believe our guys will“, stated Mansfield Coach Brown.
The Tigers will be back in action against Paris in the first round of the Bill Frye Invitational on Tuesday December 28th.
Mansfield: C. Stovall (16), T. Escalante (7), T. Tobey (6), Z. Dugan (4), E. Pettus (2), D. Elmore (2), G. Baggett (1), Z. Hayslip (1), B. Byers (1)
Lavaca: K. Glidwell (13), J. Wagner (13), D. Grantham (10), L. Watson (10), A. Walker (9), A. Hobbs (6), J. Armistead (6), P. Owen (2), J. Johnson (2), A. Johnson (1)