TEXARKANA, Texas — Carthage outscored Texas High, 33-25, in the middle quarters to defeat the Tigers, 56-52, in a boys varsity basketball game at the Tiger Center on Thursday.
The Tigers went into the locker room with a 3-point lead, 25-22. Carthage got off to slow start in the first quarter, and Texas High was up, 12-6, after the first quarter.
Damon Augustus scored the first points of the game on a short jumper for the Tigers. Texas High went on a 7-0 spurt to start the game with Zane Dodson hitting a layup and Gabe Dodson sinking a trey.
Zane Dodson stole the ball and and made a layup to give the Tigers a 9-1 lead. Michael Thomas' 3-point goal gave Texas High a 12-3 lead late in the first. Carthage answered back with a shot from downtown just before the end of the opening quarter.
After the Bulldogs hit a 7-0 spurt midway through the second quarter, Ben DePriest broke it up when he swished one in from 3-point land. Zane Dodson converted on a traditional 3-point play for the Tigers to make it 24-17.
But Carthage came back with a layup and a 3-pointer to tighten the gap, 24-22, in the latter part of the second quarter. The Bulldogs outscored Texas High, 16-13, in the second.
Thomas nailed down a trey for the Tigers for the first points of the third quarter. Carthage won the third quarter as it outscored Texas High, 17-12, and took a 39-37 lead going into the final stanza.
In a rare play, Xavier Dangerfield knocked down a shot from downtown and was fouled. Dangerfield hit the charity shot to convert the 4-point play for the Tigers.
Second later, Dangerfield hit a short jumper to bring Texas High to within two points, 39-37.
The fourth quarter was evenly played as each team scored 15 points. Augustus hit an alley-oop layup during a 5-0 spurt for the Tigers. A costly Texas High turnover late in the game prevented the Tigers from attempting a game-tying or go-ahead shot.
Texas High finished with a field goal percentage of 39 percent on 17-of-44 shooting, while Carthage hit on 18 of 48 shots for 38 percent. The Tigers had more turnovers, 22-19, and had less rebounds, 34-30.
Thomas paced Texas High with 12 points and six rebounds, while teammate Zane Dodson scored 11 points and pulled down six boards.
TJ Gray poured in 17 points for the Tigers, but Texas High was edged the junior varsity contest, 46-44. Jalen Betters scored 10 points for the Tigers.
Jadyn Willis had four points in the ninth grade game, and Texas High won, 23-19.