Taylor Basketball

The Taylor Ducks brought home the Bi-District Championship this past Tuesday night beating the Wimberley Texans 66-57 at Johnson High School in Buda. It was the first ever playoff game at the school as they recently opened their doors this past fall.

A steal by Michael Schneider led to the Ducks first points of the game as they staked control of the game from the very beginning. A fast break deep pass from Ja’Ron Carver to Eric Derry put the Ducks up 4-0 early on. Later in the first a deep three from Ja’Ron Carver widened the Ducks lead to 9-2. Wimberley battled back outscoring the Ducks 10-6 to close out the opening quarter trailing by three 15-12.

The Ducks got on the board first again in the second quarter when a Josh Blue fast break extended the Ducks lead once again at 19-12. With 5 minutes remaining in the second the deep ball found a new friend as Ja’Von Carver sank his first of three three-pointers in the quarter to push the Ducks advantage up big. By the time he had dropped the last one the Ducks had doubled their lead to 28-14 with just under three minutes remaining in the half. Again, the Texans battled back, but the Ducks still held a substantial lead heading into the locker room at 33-22.

Out of the gates in the third the Texans came back, even staking a very brief two-point lead on the Ducks. The teams finished the quarter even 14-14 heading into the fourth quarter. To seal the game in the fourth the Ducks went 9-for-12 from the charity stripe bringing home the title.

Devin Garcia led the Ducks with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Ja’Ron Carver had 13 points and was 4-for-5 from the free throw line. Josh Blue added 12 points, 8 of which came from the charity stripe.

After the game Garcia commented on the outcome saying, “The pace of the game was good, we did good on the boards and we had prepared all week for Wimberley.”

The Ducks hit the 21 mark in wins this season will be back in playoff action Friday night at 6P.M. at Brenham High School to face off in the Area Championship Round against Wharton (19-7) who upset Navostota 58-55 Tuesday night.

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