Hooker wins third tourney title of season PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 January 2013 12:55

By JASON EPP

Leader & Times

After trailing for most of the game, the Hooker Bulldogs found a way to win their third tournament title of the season, and the third-straight Texhoma Invitational by grinding out a 46-44 win over county rival Texhoma.

"We've counted on our seniors, and they've led us all year," Bulldogs coach Chad Hussey said. "We faced some adversity last week and our guys responded. They rose above and took care of business."

Last week Hooker saw their 12-game win streak snapped on the same floor, by the same team. This came after beating Beaver last Tuesday to avenge two of their three seasons' losses in one week.

Trailing 36-34 heading into the fourth quarter, Hooker held Texhoma to just 8 points in the final period, and a second-half total of 16. Hooker scored 12 in the final stanza, just enough to pull off the win.

Texhoma had a chance to send the game to overtime at the buzzer, but was unable to get off a decent shot.

In the first quarter, Hooker's Marcos Mendoza drew two charge calls on one of Texhoma's top players, Dylan Koehn. The Red Devils still led 12-10 at the end of the first.

Both teams had their best offensive quarters in the second, with the Red Devils adding one point to their lead with a 16-15 advantage (28-25).

Both teams upped the defensive intensity in the third with neither team reaching double figures (9-8).

Joe Bean led the Bulldogs with 12, and Chad Kennedy added 10. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.

Hooker (16-3) will host Walsh, Colorado Tuesday.

 

Tyrone 41, Turpin 32

The Tyrone Bobcats held Turpin to just 12 second-half points in the third place game of the Texhoma Invitational. The win was the Bobcats' second over Turpin in less than a week, this time by a 41-32 score.

After finishing the first half tied at 20, Tyrone held Turpin to just four points, and gained a 3-point advantage in the third (27-24).

The Bobcats outscored the Cardinals 14-8 in the final period to win by 9.

In the first quarter Tyrone had taken a 12-10 lead, but Turpin bounced back with a 10-8 advantage in the second to tie the game.

Austin Olivas led the Bobcats with 19 points. All-tournament team selection Payson Slater was held to just 7.

Edgar Anchondo led the Cardinals with 12.

Tyrone (17-2) will travel to Balko Tuesday and attempt to beat the Bison for the fourth time this season.

Turpin (7-12) will host Guymon Tuesday.

 
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