After scoring from 47 to 59 points in the earlier games of the Elkhart Tournament last week, the Eustace defense stymied Troup in the tournament title game. The Bulldogs edged the Tigers 27-26 in a defensive battle for the championship.
Troup defeated Bullard 59-43, the Tigers topped Cross Roads 47-26 and dominated Oakwood 58-31 to advance to the tournament title game with Eustace.
The Tigers are 6-1 following tournament competition. Troup was slated to play at Beckville Tuesday, Dec. 5, and will participate in the Quitman Tournament Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 7-9. The Tigers will host White Oak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12. The final pre-district game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, when the Tigers host Latexo.
Eustace 27, Troup 26
It has been rare this season for Troup not to score in double figures during a quarter, but the Bulldogs used strong defense to keep the high-octane Troup offense in check in the title game of the Elkhart Tournament.
Eustace started with a 13-7 lead in the first quarter but the Tigers rallied for a 9-3 run in the second period to knot the game at 16-16 by the halftime break. Troup actually led with an 8-6 edge in the third quarter to take a 24-22 lead into the final stanza. The Tigers were unable to find the mark in the fourth quarter and they were held to two points. The Bulldogs didn’t light the nets on fire, but they did score enough to edge Troup at the final buzzer.
Jared Jackson led the Tigers with nine points, Grayson Driggs added five, Weslee Ross scored four, Cobie Hamilton and Shane Thomas pumped in three apiece and Jones Ard added two points. Driggs and Hamilton each hit a three-point bucket. For Eustace, Johnson led the squad and all scorers with 15 points from five three-point baskets.
Eustace 13 3 6 5 - 27
Troup 7 9 8 2 - 26
Troup 58, Oakwood 31
Jackson rattled the rim for five three-point shots and finished with 25 points to lead Troup to a 58-31 win over Oakwood in the Elkhart Tournament.
Troup took early control of the contest with an 18-8 advantage in the first quarter. Ard and Thomas also jumped in on the scoring and the Tigers were in command of a 34-15 halftime lead. Each team scored 11 points in the third stanza but the Tigers dominated action in the final minutes with a 12-5 run to finish with a 58-31 victory.
Adding to Jackson ‘s output, Ard finished with 14 points and Thomas scored nine to help pace the Tigers. Ross added six to the team total and Driggs and Kris Johnson scored two points apiece.
For Oakwood, Chris Newsome and Jacob Hayslip scored six points each to lead the team.
Oakwood 8 7 11 5 - 31
Troup 18 16 11 12 - 58
Cross Roads 26
Cross Roads kept the score close in the first half but Troup pulled away in the second half to capture a 58-26 win during tournament competition.
Troup used a 15-10 run in the first quarter for some breathing room but the Bobcats made the Tigers work for the lead. By halftime, Troup had a slight 24-15 lead.
The flow of the game changed in the third stanza. Troup went on a 10-2 run to pull out to a 34-17 lead and the Tigers’ defense held the Cross Roads fourth-quarter rally to eight points.
Jackson popped the net for four three-point buckets and finished with 19 points and Ard added nine points to the team total. Quincy Kincade and Driggs each hit a pair of three-point buckets and each finished with six points. Thomas finished with four and Ross and Johnson each scored two points.
For the Bobcats, Bobby Wilson led the squad with 15 points.
C. Roads 10 6 2 8 - 26
Troup 15 9 10 13 - 47
Troup 59, Bullard 43
Bullard pulled nearly even with the Tigers at the end of the first half, but Troup stepped up on both offense and defense in the second half to finish off the Panthers.
Troup led 17-9 after one quarter of action, but Bullard used a 19-12 run in the second period to close the gap on the scoreboard. Troup tenaciously held a 29-28 lead at the break.
With the defense leading the way, the Tigers pumped in 13 points and held Bullard to five points in the third frame. Troup led 42-33 at the start of the fourth quarter and the Tigers pushed back any suggestion of a Panthers’ rally in the closing minutes of the game.
Thomas and Bullard’s Evan Hodges traded point-for-point and both finished with 16 points to lead their respective team. Driggs dropped in a trio of three points shots and Jackson connected on a pair of shots from three-point range and each finished in double figures with 11 points. Ross added eight points, Ard pumped in six, Cobie Hamilton scored five and Johnson scored two.
Troup 17 12 1 3 17 - 59
Bullard 9 19 5 9 - 43