Tigers punch ticket to regionals

Depth proved to be a vital factor in the Tigers 104-59 win over Houston Furr on Friday.

The Houston Furr Brahmans had two decent quarters, the first and the third. In each half they seemed to wear down as the half wore on and they were totally blown out in the fourth period. 

 The Tigers jumped off to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter and then the Brahmans answered with six straight points. Bruce Newton broke the streak with a free throw. 

 During the first half of the first quarter the Tigers pressure defense managed to force two 10-second calls against the Brahmans. 

The momentum moved to the Tigers end of the court when Jordan Adams and Trajan Harris each hit a three-point shots. 

A technical foul was called against Kalon Barnes when he retaliated after rolling around on the floor, by giving an opponent a shove when the two players got to their feet.

The Brahmas got the two free throws which they made and then Andrew Malveaux hit a three after the Brahmans got the ball on the side.

This five point play cut the Tigers lead to 15-11 and the quarter ended with Silsbee leading 18-12. 

Early in the second period, Furr cut the Tigers lead to 19-17 and this was a close as the score ever got.

D’Andre Jones picked up two quick fouls in the second period and he retired to the bench with his third foul of the game with 6:02 left in the third. 

 During the middle part of the second quarter, Silsbee scored 12 straight points to run the score to 31-17.

Except for Barnes continuing to stay in foul trouble, the second quarter pretty much belonged to Silsbee.

Barnes had his third foul of the game in the second while the Tigers were pushing the score. They ran the margin to 39-21 before giving up three free throws. Then Silsbee went on to take a 45-26 lead into the halftime. 

 Silsbee stayed in the locker throughout the half and did not return to the floor to warm up before the tip-off buzzer.

Devon McCain, Jordyn Adams and Travois Grubbs scored six points each in the second period. 

 After the intermission, Houston Furr played the Tigers on even terms in the third period. The Tigers just outscored the Brahmans 20-19 in the third. 

The Tigers went into the fourth period leading 65-45 and then the Tigers outscored their opponents 39-14 in the fourth. 

Eleven different Tigers scored in the fourth period. Harris and Adams led the way for Silsbee in the fourth with six points each. 

Silsbee scored the first eight points of the fourth period to push their lad to 73-45. To make things worse for Furr, their senior guard Adam Welch fouled out of the game shortly after the period started. 

Silsbee had five players in double figures. Travorious Grubbs led with way with 17 points. He had eleven rebounds and seven steals in the game.

Jordan Adams hit for 15 points, and Trajan Harris, who struggled from three-point range, finished the game with 14 points. 

McCain had another strong game. The freshman point guard always seems to control the action and scores when he needs too. He hit 13 points and had nine assists and seven rebounds. 

Adonis Thomas played well with 10 points. 

Ricky Maze and Kalon Barnes had eight points each. Barnes had 12 rebounds in a limited amount of time because he was in foul trouble in the first half. Bruce Newton, Dontre Thomas and Landon Crowder all had five points each. Tre Lowe hit for two and Kolten Mackey had two. He also grabbed nine rebounds. 

Dander Jones led Furr with 23 points. Andrew Mclveaux added 12 points. 

Seniors scored 44 of the Brahmans 59 points. Seniors scored 30 of the Tigers 109 points. 

The Tigers played Houston Sterling on Tuesday. The winner of that game will play the winner of a game between Tatum and Lufkin Hudson at 6:15 p.m. on Friday at Sam Houston State University.

The winner of that game will play for a trip to the state tournament at 1:30 on Saturday. 

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