Senior point guard Dillon Parrott scored a game-high 26 points and the Tigers played relentless defense while beating Midland's Mustangs 57-42 on Tuesday night at Tiger Arena in Pangburn.
The Tigers, who have won three straight after a slow start, played exactly the way first-year coach Johnny Taylor demands ¬ with maximum intensity, focus and effort. “We've got guys contributing at every spot.
Defensively, we had a ton of charge attempts tonight and that is something we hang our hat on. The last three games we have done a good job of blocking out and helping each other defensively. Tonight we got some mismatches and things offensively and were able to take advantage of that,” said Taylor.
Midland led 12-10 after the first quarter behind stellar post play from power forward Skylar Furrow, who scored half of his 14 points in the opening stanza. “I think foul trouble helped and fatigue helped. We also did a better job of doubling down on him (Furrow) instead of helping uphill and losing him,” Taylor said.
Pangburn attacked the basket all night with aggressive dribble drives, creating easy baskets and free throws. “The biggest thing offensively was we were getting to the line. We had five guys trying to attack and that is hard to guard,” said Taylor. “Austin Smith, Ty Galyan, Chase Hopkins, Alec Bourgeois and Dillon Parrott all did a good job of attacking the rim.”
Down by a bucket, Pangburn opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, starting with 3-of-4 free throws from Parrott. Smith then converted two steals into four points as the Tigers suddenly took a 17-14 lead.
The Mustangs (0-3) jumped back in front with baskets from forward Brayden Emerson and Furrow but Smith hit a free throw and Hopkins added two more from the stripe, tying the game at 20-all.
Midland regained the lead on two jumpers from Emerson and a driving shot by Martin, eventually claiming a 26-24 advantage at halftime.
The Tigers opened the third quarter with a 6-0 spurt as Smith swiped a steal and hit Bourgeois for a layup then Smith notched a putback before Parrott scored off a baseline inbound play.
With Pangburn leading 30-26, Furrow halted the Tigers' run with a bucket from right block but Hopkins drove left side of lane for a layup and Smith sank a free throw.
After Midland pulled within a bucket, the Tigers closed the third period with an 8-2 run, sparked by Parrott, who buried a jumper in transition.
Hopkins then picked a steal and scored and reserve post player Raymond Haddix got a stick back before Parrott canned a pair of free throws, pushing Pangburn's lead to 41-30.
Emerson ended the Mustangs' drought with a driving finger roll in traffic and Pangburn held for the final 1:30 of the period, eventually coming up empty, settling for a nine-point cushion entering the final eight minutes of play.
Page 2 of 2 - Martin slashed into the lane and completed an old-fashioned three-point play as Midland cut its deficit to eight two minutes into the fourth quarter but Parrott responded with a pair of free throws.
Following another driving basket by Martin, Pangburn put the game away with a 6-0 spurt, starting when Parrott scored inside off an assist from Hopkins, who added a stick back on the Tigers' next possession.
Parrott pushed Pangburn's lead to 53-39 with a layup off a backdoor cut and assist from Hopkins but Furrow quickly answered with a rebound bucket in transition.
A free throw by Furrow trimmed Pangburn's lead to nine with 1:51 remaining but the Tigers held on down the stretch as Smith drove coast-to-coast for a layup and forward Hunter Bell recorded a stick back following a steal by Smith, setting the final at 57-42.
Emerson paced Midland with 17 points, Furrow followed with 14 and Martin chipped in seven.
Following Parrott's game-high 26 points, Smith added 12 and Hopkins finished with eight.