The Ball High Tors rallied in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Alvin Shadow Creek Sharks at home 65-54 on Tuesday night in Galveston.
After trailing 12-9 at the end of the first quarter and 37-18 at the half, the Tors outscored the Sharks 36-28 in the second half.
“Coming into Galveston is always going to be tough,” said Shadow Creek head coach David President. “Their coach does a great job with his team so you know they’re going to play hard.”
The Sharks, who moved to 10-2 in District 23-5A play, were led by Auston Chatman’s 16 points, while Tyron Henry had 15 and Kenan Mitchell finished with 14 points.
The Tors (7-6 in district) were led by Giovanni Janke’s 12 points, while Kevin Shinette and Kenneth Crookshank each had eight.
Elijah Elliott scored from beyond the arc to give the Sharks a 22-13 lead with 4:26 left in the first half.
The Sharks went on a 5-0 run late in the first half and ended the second quarter with a 3-pointer by Chatman. Shadow Creek scored five 3-pointers in the first half.
But, Ball High came to life in the second half, going on a 7-0 run to narrow its deficit to 49-37 before the end of the third quarter.
“We got careless,” President said. “We took some bad shots. It’s things that we have to watch out for and continue to iron out before the playoffs.”
Ball High’s 11-4 run in the fourth quarter brought the Tors to within nine points of the Sharks after a basket by Tony Robbins.
“I’m just proud of our guys,” said Ball High head coach Jerald Temple. “At the half, we talked about fighting and that we were playing one of the best teams in the state. We wanted to make sure that the effort was there.”
But, the Sharks managed to hang on, while the Tors struggled at the charity stripe, going 17-of-34 on free throws.
“Our free throws were very off,” Temple said. “That’s something we have to work on.”
With the win, the Sharks kept up the pressure on Texas City and Fort Bend Elkins in the district standings.
“At the end of the day we have to make sure that we execute,” President said. “We’re still young and still inexperienced. We need to find ways to win on the road. It’s an everyday grind.”