Tigers win bi-district, fall in area game
Floresville senior Andres Morales (32) brings down a rebound during the Tigers’ 80-62 bi-district win over Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway.
FLORESVILLE -- It was an exciting week of basketball for the Floresville Tigers. After finishing atop the district, the Tigers went on to win a bi-district championship, before eventually falling in double overtime during the area championship game.
Floresville traveled to Beeville last Tuesday to play the Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway Warriors in the first round of playoffs. The Tigers came out ready to play and took control of the game early on. Senior Charlie Albert put the first 9 points on the board for the Tigers, and they continued to shoot well, ending the first quarter up on the Warriors 28-15. The Tigers turned the ball over several times in the second quarter but still shot well, allowing them to go into the locker room with a 13-point lead.
The Tigers did not let up in the second half, pressuring the Warriors and forcing a number of turnovers. Floresville controlled the boards throughout the game and shot well from 3-point territory, securing a bi-district championship and their first playoff win by the score of 80-62.
The Tigers’ offensive explosion was a team effort. Nine Tigers scored in the game, and three of the players were in double digits, including Albert with 23 points, Darren Orth with 15 points, and Mason Ray with 14. Andres Morales dominated the boards with nine rebounds and Albert led in steals with six. The win added to the Tigers’ winning streak of 13 games, and sent them into the next round of the playoffs -- the area championship.
The Tigers met up with the Roma Gladiators at Texas A&M University in Kingsville on Saturday night for the area championship. The Roma fans packed the stands dressed in red and ready to support their Gladiators. The Tiger fans were marooned out and were led in cheer by the Floresville High School cheerleaders and Tiger mascot. The gym was energized and both teams were ready to play.
The Tigers were plagued by turnovers early, allowing the Gladiators to get on the board quickly and take a 6-0 lead. But the Tigers remained calm and played their game, closing the first quarter up by 2 points. The second quarter was all Tigers. The Tigers were able to get to the free-throw line and capitalize on some easy buckets, giving them a 9-point lead at the half.
During the second half, the Tiger offense struggled and the Gladiators began to close the gap. At the end of three, the Tigers still had a 6-point lead, but in the fourth quarter the momentum changed and the Roma crowd got into the game. The Tigers turned the ball over several times and Roma capitalized, taking a 1-point lead with 1:25 left in the game. The Tigers were down by 3 with 19 seconds left in regulation when Derek Moczygemba got an offensive rebound and put-back and was fouled on the shot, sending him to the line with a chance to tie the game. Moczygemba made his free throw and sent the game into overtime.
Roma won the tip in overtime and held the ball for almost three minutes before the Tigers manned up. Moczygemba got a steal with under a minute on the clock and Coach Tackitt called a timeout to draw up a play. Moczygemba took the last shot and missed, sending the game into double overtime.
The second overtime wasn’t as friendly to the Tigers. Senior Jaron Medina hit a basket early on, but the Tigers got into foul trouble and sent the Warriors to the free-throw line 11 times. Roma made nine of the 11 free throws, giving the Warriors the win and the area championship. The final score was 66-56.
Senior Charlie Albert scored 17 points, Medina had 10 points, and sophomore Chris Albert added 8 points. Ray led the Tigers on the boards with 8 rebounds.
This was the last game for the senior Tigers, including Charlie Albert, Darren Orth, Jaron Medina, Robert Barrera, Andres Morales, Austin Villanueva, and Kurtis Quillan. It was a great season for the Tiger basketball program. The players and their families would like to thank the community for their support.