Goats open up 2017-18 basketball season at Buffalo Tournament

Journal Staff Report

The Groesbeck Goats opened the 2017-18 basketball season, competing in the Buffalo Tournament this past weekend.

The Goats dropped their first three games, two were one-point loses.

The team opened against the Allen Academy Rams, falling 51-50 in a game that went down to the wire.

Both teams played to end of period ties through the first three quarters, before Allen outscored the Goats 10-9 in the final frame for the one-point win.

Nick Mosley and Ameer Lee hit double-figures for the Goats in the game. Mosley finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, while Lee scored 10 and had four boards, two steals and an assist. Brandyn Canady grabbed four rebounds and made five assists, while snagging three steals on the defensive side.

Jake Pringle and Titus Townes both crashed the boards, combining for 12 rebounds.

Groesbeck took on former 4A rival Fairfield in Game 2, falling to the Eagles, 56-42.

Fairfield led 34-17 at the half, but the offensive pace picked up in the third period in which the Goats outscored the Eagles, 19-15, to pull to within 13 at 49-36.

Lee led the Goats with 21 points, while Mosley, Townes and Ty Hale all scored four each. Mosley led the team in rebounds with seven.

Game 3 was another heartbreaker for the Goats, as they fell to the Palmer Bulldogs, 45-44.

The Goats took a 16-14 lead after one and led at the half, 27-21. Palmer cut Groesbeck’s lead by two at the end of the third period, with the score 33-29, Goats.

In the fourth, the Bulldogs went on top, outscoring Groesbeck 16-11 for the one-point win.

Mosley was the top gunner for the Goats, scoring 22 points along with seven rebounds. Tyrique Carter finished with seven, Lee had five and Pringle knocked in four.

Brandyn Canady had seven assists in the game, along with two steals and Lee grabbed four boards and made three assists and two steals.

The tide changed for Groesbeck in Game 4, as they took down the Hearne Eagles 56-54.

The Goats led 17-10 after the first period, but the Eagles came back to outscore them 19-8 in the second to take a 29-25 lead into the half.

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