Tioga 60, Bastrop 39
Jacques Clark scorched the nylon for all 22 of his points in the second half as Tioga rallied from a 4-point halftime deficit for a convincing 60-39 victory over Bastrop in Tuesday night's District 2-4A opener.
Held scoreless through the first 18-plus minutes, Clark began his scoring spree with 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions. His first trey, from well beyond the top of the circle, gave the visiting Indians a 25-24 lead. Moments later, Clark connected from the left wing off the kick out from Tylan Sanders.
Bastrop never trailed again.
Closing out the third period on a 9-3 charge, the Indians stretched their advantage to eight.
Tydarrion Quinney started the flurry with a 3-pointer — the Indians' fourth long range basket of the quarter — and transition buckets by Clark and Dustin Roy extended the margin to 37-28.
Bastrop's Christian Smith interrupted the run with a 3-pointer before Clark's tip-in in the waning seconds staked the Indians to a 39-31 lead going into the final frame.
Christian Smith opened the fourth quarter scoring with a three-point play to bring the Rams within 39-34, but it was all Tioga from there.
Clark connected on consecutive trifectas and drove the left baseline to start a string of 20 unanswered Tioga points. Another 3-ball by Roy and Dixon's three-point play and layup pushed the difference to 55-34 with 2:54 remaining.
Bastrop played a strong first half. Up 14-11 at the end of the opening frame, the Rams twice went up by five (16-11 and 18-13) in the second quarter. Christian Smith converted both ends of a bonus to give the Rams a 22-18 halftime edge.
Tioga (14-6), the defending district champion, knocked down seven 3-pointers in the second half and 11 for the game. Clark accounted for four 3s in the final 14 minutes to pace the Indians, Roy tallied 11 points on a trio of treys and Dixon scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Christian Smith topped the Rams' scoring with 18 points and Sir'Quan Hawkins added 11.
Bastrop (8-12) closes out a two-game homestand against Franklin Parish on Friday night.
Notes: Bastrop was back at full strength Tuesday night. Sir'Quan Hawkins missed the Ouachita and Neville games with a dislocated hand while Elliot Thompson missed all but two minutes of the past two outings with a sprained ankle. ... Tioga drew six charging fouls in the game. Bastrop began to unravel soon after Sir'Quan Hawkins was called for his second charge and third personal early in the second half. ... Both teams have a Christian Smith on their roster. Both played wide receiver and wore No. 6 in football. On the hardwood, Bastrop's Smith is No. 5 while Tioga's Smith dons No. 2.