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Whitewright Survives Bulldogs’ Fury, 46-43

Leader Photo by Michelle Carney
Leader Photo by Michelle Carney

Facing a team that had lost only to unbeaten Whitesboro and a team that featured a 6-7 post player with all the skills to back up that height, Howe came into its Jan. 17 district game with Whitewright with a three-point plan: Knock down as many of them as you can and hope for the best.

That hope fell just short of reality as a final 3-point try fell just short and the Tigers came away with a 46-43 win to close out the first half of District 11-2A play.

Mason Riggins, that big dude clogging the middle of the paint for the Tigers, certainly had a hand in the final outcome, throwing down a thunderous dunk in the second quarter on his way to a 14-point night.

After Howe’s Brice Harvey had taken a slick inside feed from Easton Ross and scored to put the Bulldogs on top, 43-41, Riggins’ two free throws knotted the score at 43-all.

With just 10 seconds left in the contest, David Dodson came off the bench to drain his second 3-ball of the night for the winning points.

With just a tick over four seconds left, a shot from the top of the arc by Levi Mrozinski was halfway down the net before it spun out, leaving the gritty underdogs down by three.

The game plan worked early on as Howe had five 3-pointers in the first half, two by Nick Wilson, on the way to a 28-22 halftime advantage.

Dane Robinson, the smallest guy on the court for Whitewright, was sticking in those 3-balls as well, canning three in the opening half.

Three-pointers by Griffin Underwood, Mrozinski and Wilson, plus 4-for-4 from the free-throw line by Michael Kehrer, staked the Bulldogs to a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Underwood and Wilson each had a 3-pointer in the second frame and two jumpers that fell for Mrozinski keyed the offense.

Ross scored on a baseline drive to make it a 28-22 game at intermission.

Whitewright quickly cut the lead down to one as Riggins scored to open the period, while Robinson sent in his fourth 3-pointer of the night to make it a 28-27 game.

Kehrer scored on a drive down the lane, a dangerous move with Riggins hanging around, and Ross made 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled on a long-distance attempt. His 3-pointer from the corner came after Riggin’s two-hand jam had stirred up the visiting stands, and Howe was clinging to a 35-34 lead.

Robinson scored at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 36-35 lead as the final period began.

Three Howe baskets, the last coming as Kehrer backhanded a pass to Ross who was driving the lane, bumped the Bulldog lead back to five.

A 3-pointer by Dennis Black cut the lead to two and forced a Howe timeout with three minutes left in the contest.

After a Howe turnover, Riggins scored from inside to tie the game at 41 each. It was tied again at 43-43 following Harvey’s bucket when Riggins dropped in a pair of free-throws.

And, you’ve already seen the ending. Dodson checked in and put in the dagger, getting nothing but net on his shot from the right corner.

Howe falls to 3-4 in district play, tied with Callisburg for fourth place in the league.

Whitewright 12 10 14 10 — 46

Howe 16 12 7 8 — 43

Howe: Easton Ross 9,Michael Kehrer 8, Nick Wilson 8,Levi Mrozinski 8,Griffin Underwood 6, Brice Harvey 4.

Sub-Varsity Notes: The Whitewright JV boys got a late lift from Jesus Adan, who scored 13 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Tigers to a 47-39 win. Sam Akins finished with 14 points for Howe, 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter as well.

Howe 55, S&S 51

The Howe Bulldogs held on to an early lead and came home with a 55-51 win over S&S at Sadler on Jan. 21.

The win bumps the Bulldogs’ District 11-2A record to 4-4, and gives them sole possession of fourth place after Callisburg’s Tuesday night loss.

Michael Kehrer led the Bulldogs with 13 points,Brice Harvey added 10 points, while Easton Ross, Griffin Underwood and John Jacob Talley each chipped in eight points in the Howe win.

The Bulldogs’ host Tom Bean on Friday night and they go into that contest two games behind the TomCats.

Facing a team that had lost only to unbeaten Whitesboro and a team that featured a 6-7 post player with all the skills to back up that height, Howe came into its Jan. 17 district game with Whitewright with a three-point plan: Knock down as many of them as you can and hope for the best.

That hope fell just short of reality as a final 3-point try fell just short and the Tigers came away with a 46-43 win to close out the first half of District 11-2A play.

Mason Riggins, that big dude clogging the middle of the paint for the Tigers, certainly had a hand in the final outcome, throwing down a thunderous dunk in the second quarter on his way to a 14-point night.

After Howe’s Brice Harvey had taken a slick inside feed from Easton Ross and scored to put the Bulldogs on top, 43-41, Riggins’ two free throws knotted the score at 43-all.

With just 10 seconds left in the contest, David Dodson came off the bench to drain his second 3-ball of the night for the winning points.

With just a tick over four seconds left, a shot from the top of the arc by Levi Mrozinski was halfway down the net before it spun out, leaving the gritty underdogs down by three.

The game plan worked early on as Howe had five 3-pointers in the first half, two by Nick Wilson, on the way to a 28-22 halftime advantage.

Dane Robinson, the smallest guy on the court for Whitewright, was sticking in those 3-balls as well, canning three in the opening half.

Three-pointers by Griffin Underwood, Mrozinski and Wilson, plus 4-for-4 from the free-throw line by Michael Kehrer, staked the Bulldogs to a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Underwood and Wilson each had a 3-pointer in the second frame and two jumpers that fell for Mrozinski keyed the offense.

Ross scored on a baseline drive to make it a 28-22 game at intermission.

Whitewright quickly cut the lead down to one as Riggins scored to open the period, while Robinson sent in his fourth 3-pointer of the night to make it a 28-27 game.

Kehrer scored on a drive down the lane, a dangerous move with Riggins hanging around, and Ross made 2-of-3 free throws after being fouled on a long-distance attempt. His 3-pointer from the corner came after Riggin’s two-hand jam had stirred up the visiting stands, and Howe was clinging to a 35-34 lead.

Robinson scored at the buzzer to give the Tigers a 36-35 lead as the final period began.

Three Howe baskets, the last coming as Kehrer backhanded a pass to Ross who was driving the lane, bumped the Bulldog lead back to five.

A 3-pointer by Dennis Black cut the lead to two and forced a Howe timeout with three minutes left in the contest.

After a Howe turnover, Riggins scored from inside to tie the game at 41 each. It was tied again at 43-43 following Harvey’s bucket when Riggins dropped in a pair of free-throws.

And, you’ve already seen the ending. Dodson checked in and put in the dagger, getting nothing but net on his shot from the right corner.

Howe falls to 3-4 in district play, tied with Callisburg for fourth place in the league.

Whitewright 12 10 14 10 — 46

Howe 16 12 7 8 — 43

Howe: Easton Ross 9,Michael Kehrer 8, Nick Wilson 8,Levi Mrozinski 8,Griffin Underwood 6, Brice Harvey 4.

Sub-Varsity Notes: The Whitewright JV boys got a late lift from Jesus Adan, who scored 13 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help lead the Tigers to a 47-39 win. Sam Akins finished with 14 points for Howe, 10 of those coming in the fourth quarter as well.

Howe 55, S&S 51

The Howe Bulldogs held on to an early lead and came home with a 55-51 win over S&S at Sadler on Jan. 21.

The win bumps the Bulldogs’ District 11-2A record to 4-4, and gives them sole possession of fourth place after Callisburg’s Tuesday night loss.

Michael Kehrer led the Bulldogs with 13 points,Brice Harvey added 10 points, while Easton Ross, Griffin Underwood and John Jacob Talley each chipped in eight points in the Howe win.

The Bulldogs’ host Tom Bean on Friday night and they go into that contest two games behind the TomCats.

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