Tonight's game sees Steele 2-1 in 27-4A and Kerrville with the same District record is State ranked at 14th. Host Steele is a senior laden squad (all but one player) so it appears to be this year or else for them. Tivy is also loaded with three Senior's; 6'6" P Tyler Kotson, 6'7" Taylor Finlay and two time All Region CG Jonathan Perry.
Steele got off to an 1st quarter 18-12 lead behind hot shooting as a team. Early foul trouble to Kotson hurt Tivy , but they received some good minutes from their bench and closed the gap, eventually taking the lead late in the foul plagued half where each team got whistled 15 times a piece. This included a half dozen charge calls in an abundance rarely seen in a high school game. Tivy led 34-31 at the break.
Fouls continue to mount as a total of 8 players have 3 fouls. Both benches came into play in the 3rd quarter. Steele has kept it close by a combination of solid perimeter shooting, (especially from Derrick Cook) coupled by loose perimeter D by Tivy. That's inexplicable to me as it's not like Steele has an inside presence to cause them to sag off the outside guys, IMO. Tivy 49-45
In the pivotal 4th, Tivy got off to a 10 point lead, but Steele turned up the D and clawed their way back to make it a one point game with 17 seconds left. Tivy missed the front end of a one and one, and with Steele having one last shot their player turned the corner to the bucket but slipped and was called for the travel.
Jonathan Perry 24
Tyler Kotson 12
Taylor Finlay 17
D.J. Jones 11
Gerald Walker 12
Derrick Cook 16
Kerrville Tivy 12-22-15-14-63