Tigers continue to struggle

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A season of struggles continued for the Tigers’ varsity basketball game last week as the team dropped its games against Stafford and Royal both by double digits. The losses stretched the team’s losing streak to seven games and dropped their record to 1-8 in the district.

The game before Stafford, the Tigers enjoyed a 21-point lead against Columbus but quickly lost it in the second half going on to lose the game, 87-68. It was Sealy’s third game in a row in which they lost by double digits.

That streak was lengthened against Stafford as the boys faced the Spartans in their second-to-last home game. The Tigers started the game off hot with Clay Roberts hitting two three-pointers and Reece Novicke hitting another to put the Tigers up 9-6.

A.J. McGee hit yet another one from beyond the arc as the offense fueled Sealy to a 17-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Unfortunately, the ghost of the Columbus game seemed to sneak back into the gym as Stafford opened the second quarter scoring five unanswered points to pull it within three points.

Sealy managed to stay with the Spartans as they tied the game at 25 just half-a-minute before halftime. It was a similarly close game to start the third quarter but as it reached its halfway point, Stafford began to pull away.

The Spartans scored four points in quick succession which led a stretch in which Stafford scored 10 unanswered points. The Tigers couldn’t land their shots and failed to draw fouls going into the paint.

McGee managed to stop the bleeding somewhat late in the third quarter by ending the drought with a layup to make it 43-32 at the half. The Spartans would go on to score nine points in the final quarter compared to the Tigers’ four to close out the matchup 54-36.

“We have to do a better job at closing out in the second half,” Head Coach Ray Dabney said. “We just didn’t do what I know we’re capable of doing.”

The Tigers managed to keep it close for three quarters against Royal, going into the fourth down 63-58 and outscoring the Falcons by a basket in the third. The Tigers again fell apart late in the game and struggled to find offense scoring only four points in the fourth quarter and losing the game 86-62.

The team’s last game of the season is at home against Needville which will be played during press time so check for scores and updates on The Sealy News website and Facebook page.

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