Tigers close first round

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With an 84-60 loss on the road at the Royal Falcons’ home nest last Friday came the end of the first round of district play for the Sealy Tiger basketball team.

Head coach Ray Dabney and the Tigers picked up their lone win over El Campo, 88-57, and will get a second crack at the teams in District 25-4A starting with Wharton on Friday night in Sealy with tipoff set for 6 p.m.

A road trip to El Campo begins next week before the Chargers from Fulshear, who checked in at No. 21 in this week’s Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, make the trip to town next Friday night. The following Tuesday will pit the Tigers against Stafford, the 20th-ranked team in this week’s TABC poll.

Sealy gave Needville a solid fight in last Tuesday’s contest on the Tigers’ home court, owning a 10-6 lead after the first quarter of play. However, that’s just when the Blue Jays’ James Roberts was warming up, nailing a pair of three-pointers to help the visitors push ahead at the halftime intermission, 24-13.

In the third quarter, Roberts took over and buried four three-pointers and added an extra bucket for a 14-point quarter to make Needville’s 45-20 lead after three quarters more insurmountable with only eight minutes remaining.

Although Sealy’s John Owen and Draper Parker both supplied six-point fourth quarters, and Connor Krenek added five of his own, it wasn’t quite enough to climb all the way back and the scoreboard read 59-42 at the sound of the final buzzer.

Wharton (2-4) remains on the outside of the playoff picture looking in alongside Sealy (1-5) and El Campo (0-5) entering this week. Stafford (6-0) sits atop the standings with Fulshear (5-1), Needville (4-2) and Royal (3-3) trailing.

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