Bulldogs bite Bobcats,
Monitor Staff Reports
EUSTACEA 19-7 third-quarter run proved to be the winning formula for the Eustace
Bulldogs Tuesday, as they knocked off the visiting Fruitvale Bobcats 50-34.
The Bulldogs, along with the Eustace girls, will return to District 14-2A basketball play
Tuesday, Jan. 4, when they host the Teague Lions and Lady Lions, with 5 p.m. sub-varsity
contests kicking off a four-game slate.
Monitor Photo/Kerry Yancey
AT LEFT: Eustace Bulldog senior Addison Scott (left) reaches around to slap
the ball away from Fruitvale Bobcat Marcus Rongel (22) during the first half of the
hosting Bulldogs' 50-34 win over the visiting Bobcats Tuesday. Rongel finished with 12
points for the Bobcats, while Scott had 13 for the Bulldogs.
Friday, Jan. 7, the Eustace boys and girls will go on the road to face Mildred, before
taking their first-round bye Tuesday, Jan. 11.
In front of a handful of spectators, Tuesdays single game started about 45 minutes
late, after the teams agreed to play with the single official who showed up.
Both teams played closely in the first half, as Eustace gained a three-point edge in the
first quarter, 10-7, and stretched their lead to eight points by halftime, 27-19.
Eustace came out of the locker room on fire, dominating the boards and forcing numerous
Bobcat turnovers with tight defense, helping forge a 20-point lead going into the fourth
In the final frame, the Bobcats outscored the Bulldogs 8-4, but it was far too late to
make a serious comeback.
Chad Barina led nine scoring Bulldogs with 14 points, as Addison Scott added 13 and Braden
Strickland had nine.
Stephen Ashton added four points, while Tyson Oliver, John Bradburn, Jordan Foote and
Raymond Shutak all scored two points each and Billy Key added a free throw.
Connor Westbrook led the Bobcats with 14 points, with Marcus Rongel adding 12 and Cody
Harmon four, as both Taylor Goodson and Jacob Davis scored two points each.
Mabank opens TJC tourney with loss
Monitor Staff Reports
TYLERMabanks Panthers ran into a powerful Whitehouse team to fall in the first
round of the Floyd Wagstaff Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Tyler Junior College
The Panthers were scheduled to face the Henderson Lions in the Apache Bracket opener
Wednesday, with the loser heading to the Apache Bracket consolation at noon Thursday, and
the winner playing in the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Mabanks boys will host Quinlan Fords Panthers Thursday, Jan. 6, with a 4:30
p.m. freshman contest opening a three-game slate, and then will visit Canton Tuesday, Jan.
The Panthers will open District 13-3A basketball play at home Friday, Jan. 14, against the
At Tyler Tuesday, the Panthers fell behind early against the Wildcats, who outscored
Mabank 23-14 in the first quarter and 23-15 in the second to take a 17-point halftime
The Wildcats held the Panthers to 10 points in the third and the fourth quarter, while
scoring 13 and 11, respectively, to forge the final 21-point margin, 70-49.
Whitehouse used a simple strategy allow Panther junior Jordan Allen to score at
will, and shut everybody else down. It worked, as Allen finished with a game-high 29
points (but only five in the second half), and no other Panther had more than six.
Ryan Walker finished with six, T.C. Greene had five, Tyler Peebles had three, and Brandon
Hatfield, Colton Thomas and David Marler all scored two points each.
Trey Metoyer led Whitehouse with 20 points, as 12 of the 13 Wildcats scored.