TEXARKANA, Texas — Playing from behind for most of the game, Texas High regained a lead in the final minutes of its District 15-5A basketball game.
However, Hallsville was able to take the lead back and for good with 1:35 left, withstanding the Tigers' late surge for a 52-50 Bobcat win Saturday at Tiger Center.
Texas High (3-2, 1-1) finished shooting 32 percent from the field on 18-of-56 shooting. The Tigers held a slight edge on the glass, 45-42, but committed 15 turnovers, compared to nine for Hallsville (12-4, 2-0).
The Bobcats shot 30 percent (18 of 61) for the game.
Facing a 10-point deficit to start the third quarter, Texas High scored the first five points to make it 31-26 with 4:35 left in the third. The Bobcats scored the next five followed by six straight by the Tigers.
THS made it 38-35 with 1:08 left in the third, but Hallsville scored four to close out the period.
Texas High drained A trio of 3-pointers in the fourth to tie the score at 44 with 3:42 left to play, and Jayden Godwin had a steal and layup at 3:20 to give the Tigers their first lead (46-44) since early in the second quarter.
The Bobcats scored the next five points and 7 of the next 8 to go up two possessions (51-47) with a minute left.
Godwin hit another trey with 15 seconds left to make it 51-50 Bobcats. THS' next two shots rattled out, and Hallsville survived with the narrow win.
The Tigers and Bobcats matched shot for shot in the first quarter, when the largest margin was four points. Damon Augustus hit his second 3-pointer of the first for Texas High with 50 seconds left to bring the score to 16-15 Hallsville.
THS scored first in the second period, but the Bobcats rattled off seven points in a row to go ahead six (23-17) with 3:19 left until intermission. Hallsville closed the half on a 6-point run over the final 1:10, taking a 31-21 lead into halftime.
The Tigers had a 30 percent shooting percentage (8 of 27) in the opening half, and the Bobcats shot 36 percent (12 of 33).
Godwin scored 13 for the home team, and Augustus had 11. Zane Dodson pulled down 11 rebounds to lead THS, and Augustus added 10.
Benjamin Samples scored 14 for the Bobcats, and Luke Chapman and Anthon McDermott contributes 12 apiece. McDermott also had 12 boards.
Down by nine points at halftime, Texas High rallied in the junior varsity game for a 65-63 win. T.J. Gray led the charge with 32 points for THS, and Will Winkfield added eight.
The Bobcats won the ninth grade game, 35-29. Jadyn Willis led the Tigers with 10 points.