The Ball High Tors quest for the playoffs was halted after a fourth-quarter rally came up short against the Manvel Mavericks in a 46-44 defeat Friday night.
The Mavericks started the game firing on all cylinders and playing great defense. They had a 14-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“I wish I knew what happened in the first quarter, but I don’t,” Ball High coach Jerald Temple said. “We just started out slow, and it hurt us.”
The Mavericks were able to keep some distance between them and the Tors until the fourth quarter.
The Tors were down by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, but that did not deter them from giving it their all. Elijah Courtney made a 3-pointer with 9 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 44-44.
The Mavericks’ A.J. McBride drew a foul and sank both of his free throws to give the Mavericks a two-point lead with just four seconds left on the clock. Temple came up with a perfect play for three as time expired, but the shot didn’t fall for the Tors.
“This is one of the best districts in the state and I don’t think people realize that,” said Temple. “We come out here every game and give it our all.”
In the fourth quarter, Ball High outscored the Mavericks, 22-14, behind Kevin Shinette’s 11 points in the quarter.
The Mavericks were led by McBride, who had 25 points. Azari Woods pitched in 10 points.
Shinette had 18 points. Tony Robbins added 14 points but fouled out in the fourth quarter.
The Tors are up against Fort Bend Marshall in their next game, which will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at home.