After two days of waiting, the Texas City Stings and the Ball High Tors finally took the court in their second district meeting this season Thursday night in Galveston.
Both teams made up for lost time by producing a barnburner that needed more than four quarters of action with the visitors prevailing with a 46-42 win in overtime.
“Coach Jerald Temple always does a great job with his kids,” said Texas City coach Chris Mason. “It wasn’t the prettiest game, but we had to make some adjustments and we were able to pull one out in one of the toughest places to play.”
The game was originally supposed to be played on Tuesday but winter weather causing icy road conditions forced both teams to postpone.
The two squads looked rusty at times with only 11 combined points scored in the first quarter.
“You could tell that both groups had some time off,” Mason said. “But it felt good to finally get a game in.”
With the win, the Stings moved to 7-2 in District 23-5A play, while the Tors fell to 4-5.
Adrian Sherwood put up 19 points to lead Texas City in scoring, while Jacoree Evans had 12 and Dayton Booker scored six.
For the Tors, Nick Moore and Kevin Shinette each put up 10 points, while Tony Robbins and Giovanni Janke each had six.
“We had chances to win this game,” said Ball High head coach Jerald Temple. “We just couldn’t finish it in the end. I have to tip my hat off to Texas City. They came prepared as always.”
The Stings had a 20-13 lead at the half.
The Tors outscored Texas City 12-8 in the fourth quarter and found themselves in front a couple of times before a Sherwood basket with under a minute forced overtime.
“We had players who stepped up for us in that fourth quarter,” Temple said. “But at the end, we couldn’t get a basket or a stop that we needed.”
A 3-point play by Evans gave the Stings a 43-40 lead with 1:06 left in overtime and Texas City didn’t look back.
“I thought we had a good game plan,” Mason said. “I thought Ball High stayed in the game and we made some plays. There were a couple of shots that we made and some that they made as well.”