TEXARKANA, Texas — Texas High bounced back from a sluggish start, but the Tigers never climbed completely out of their hole against Lindale.
The Eagles watched a 17-point lead almost disappear completely before hangin on for a 52-46 win Friday at Tiger Center.
A 15-3 run by THS in the third made it a 1-point game, and after a strong start to the final stanza by Lindale, the Tigers made it a 2-point game twice.
The Eagles shot 59 percent from the floor on 19-of-32 field goals. They also held a slim 27-26 advantage in rebounds and committed 20 turnovers, compared to 13 for the Tigers.
Texas High shot 31 percent on 16-of-52 shots in the game. Michael Thomas came off the bench to lead all scorers with his 18 points for THS.
Behind 13 points at halftime, the Tigers turned up the intensity on defense, cut their deficit to single digits for the first time since the score was 10-2, and continued to chip away at the Eagle lead.
Following a 10-0 run by Texas High to close out the third, Lindale led by just one point (35-34) to start the fourth.
The Eagles started the fourth on a 6-0 run to go ahead 41-34, but the Tigers nailed 3-pointers sandwiched around a Lindale jumper to make it 43-40 with 3:37 left.
C.J. Kelley converted a traditional 3-point play for THS with 1:03 left to make it 46-44 Eagles.
The Tiger offense started slow, making just 1 of 11 field goals in the first half. Lindale built a 10-0 lead in the opening 3:38 and was up 16-2 at the first break.
The ball continued to miss the target for Texas High early in the second, and the Eagles held a 22-4 lead. THS went on a 10-4 rally, but Lindale answered with five in a row.
The Eagles led 32-19 at intermission and shot 70 percent (14 of 20) in the first half. The Tigers shot 23 percent before intermission on 7-of-31 field goals.
Colton Taylor scored 16 for Lindale, Jacob Koeshall had 11 and Hilton Knox 10.
C.J. Kelley added nine points and eight rebounds for Texas High, Gavon Smith had eight points, and Montarius Johnson also pulled down eight boards.
The Tigers won the junior varsity game, 42-41, with three players combining for 32 points. JaKobe Johnson led THS with 12 points, Jayden Godwin scored 11 and Braxton White had nine. Josh Mahanna scored 17 points for the Eagle JV.