Lions squeeze by Goats 64-58
(Sports editor Stephen R. Farris contributed to this story)
Groesbeck Goat basketball coach Bill Barstow and Baylor Bear men’s coach Scott Drew can empathize with each other; thanks or no thanks to injuries, each coach is down to seven players on his roster. For Groesbeck, Barstow brought a sophomore, Chris Ramirez up from the junior varsity to get his number back up to seven. But the Goats were facing a Teague Lion team with 14 players playing their first game of the season after one day of practice following the Lions long run in the football playoffs.
Groesbeck fell to a 5-7 season record as they fought hard and stayed close to Teague before ultimately dropping a 64-58 decision to the visiting Lions on Tuesday, December 12th. Coach Barstow commented, “We started out flat while Teague came out to play. Then we rallied to keep the game close, but couldn’t play the full court style we had planned. The injury bug was killing us.” Barstow has three players out with broken bone injuries. Hopefully some of them will recover enough to make it back to help in district play which begins next Tuesday, Dec. 19.
Teague stole the ball twice after play began following the Lions missing on two free throw attempts awarded the Lions on a technical foul called on Groesbeck during the warmups for grabbing the rim of the basket. The two steals coupled with another Goat turnover put the visitors up 8-0 before Jake Pringle put in one of two free throw shots with 4:32 left in the first quarter. Later in the quarter, Ameer Lee hit one of two free throws and a two-point basket and Nick Mosley scored a lay in that had Groesbeck trailing Teague at the end of the first quarter 17-6.
Groesbeck’s best quarter came in the second quarter as the Goats outscored Teague 16-8 to trail at the half 25-22. Mosley scored twice within the first five minutes from close range. Lee had a two pointer, a triple and one of two free throws for the Goats. In the final minute, Pringle who shot 83% from the charity stripe for the game put in four of four chances. Mosley hit one of his two free throw shots in the last 41 seconds of the half.
Lee was on fire in the third quarter hitting a trey, two of two free throw chances and two regular baskets for nine points in the quarter. Ramirez hit his only shot attempt of the game, a three pointer from the left wing. Pringle made a basket. Mosley had two baskets and put in one of two free throw attempts. It was the highest scoring quarter for the Goats in the game. Unfortunately, the third period was also Teague’s highest scoring quarter as the Lions built their lead to 49-41 with a 24-point outburst of scoring.
Groesbeck outscored Teague in the fourth quarter 17-15 to make the final score 64-58. Ty Hale scored two baskets. Tyriq Carter came alive with a three-point basket and a two-point basket. Lee put in three of four free throw shots. Brandyn Canady in a 13 second span from 5:11 to 4:58 left in the game made a free throw and a basket. The Goats final nine points came with only 42 seconds left in the game and constituted a mini rally that Barstow was excited to see. He exclaimed, “We had a good rally going, just not enough time to finish it.”
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