Tuesday, December 15, 2009

San Antonio Wagner 50 Kerrville Tivy 42

The scoreboard says it all. San Antonio Wagner 50 Kerrville Tivy 42
Credit for the 1st three action photos goes to Mr. Todd Winters of Kerrville. Thank you !
Below: As a result of Wagner Coach Cliff Ellis' focus on denying Tivy leader Jonathan Perry few uncontested touches, something had to give. Tyler Kotson wore out the smaller Wagner defenders to the tune of 24 points, all cookie cutters of the point blank power layup pictured here. Perry was hounded everywhere he went, finishing with 4 shot attempts and only 2 points. Pictured below battling old friend Andre Roberson. Two of the Area's top unsigned bang heads, with Roberson and his group claiming the win on the night. Roberson's offensive rebounding was a highlight for Wagner. He's moving his way from low major to likely mid and possibly lower end Big XII status. He's a late bloomer who keeps working hard and improves every game I see him play. Mid majors and ABOVE take note.

Move in 2011 G Deron Belford has been a big help in the ball handling department for Tivy. I had Belford with 7 assists last night, most of them drawing the heat and dishing to Kotson down low. This is a heck of a 1st half here at Kerrville Tivy as the host Antlers are trying to prove that San Antonio Wagner is not invincible. Wagner's strength is in it's athleticism and depth but despite early foul trouble which has kept Tivy star Jonathan Perry scoreless and shackled to the bench they hold a 24-20 halftime lead over the defending State reps in 5A from Region 4. Tivy's 201o P 6'7" Tyler Kotson is the scoring story of the half as he has 16 points all from under the bucket. He's doing a nice job of sealing the smaller Wagner players down low.
Below: 2010 W 6'7" Andre Roberson. His spring recruitment is about to explode based on his play at Wagner. In the 3rd Q, Wagner turned up the D. They held Tivy to 6 points and didn't allow them to get into their offense. The pace of the game is now favoring Wagner. Clarkson had 10 in the quarter to lead the T Birds to the 38-30 lead. With 1:33 left Kotson has fouled out and Wagner leading 50-42. Wagner will wrap this one up with a hard fought 50-42 victory. Make no mistake, Wagner is still a very dangerous team, but not a lock like last year to get to State. Coach Ellis has to figure out how to replace injured leader Jordan Jones who brought a toughness and swagger to the team. (Can anyone replace a kid like that...He simply was a WINNER.) Jordan Clarkson (Tulsa) had 17 for Wagner and his sidekick, Andre Roberson had 17 points and 12 rebounds, many of them key to keep offensaive possessions alive. Kotson led Tivy with 24, with all points coming within 3 feet of the bucket as he constantly sealed down low for his points.
Below: Jordan Clarkson (Tulsa)Wagner 13 7 18 12-50

Tivy 10 14 6 12-42