While the Thrall Tigers continue to struggle to get in the win column, their efforts so far this season have kept them in most of their games against solid competition. Last weekend the Tigers posted a 1-2 record in the Somerville tournament.
Against the Brenham Cubs, Thrall held an 11-10 lead after one period. Luke Williams led the Tigers with five points in the opening quarter, including a 3-pointer from the top of the arch. Stephen Graham and Jake Vizena also connected from the field while Alec Ochoa hit a pair of free throws.
The Cubs made the most of their possessions in the second quarter hitting eight shots from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers by De’andre Lockett. Brenham scored 14 in the period while holding the Tigers to eight points. The Cubs took a 24-19 lead into the break.
The teams played even in the second half, but Thrall could never get closer than the 49-45 final. Ochoa led the Tigers with 11 points and Graham finished the night with 10. Graham also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Against Brazos Christian, the Tigers fell behind big before rallying in the fourth to make the final margin 62-54. Graham and Vizena each had 13 for the Tigers while Ochoa scored a dozen. Vizena also led the team in rebounds with 11.
In the final game of the tournament the Tigers faced rival Milano. Thrall held off a second-half rally to pick up a 60-54 win. Vizena led all scorers with 18 points on eight of 16 shooting from the field. Graham added 10 points for the Tigers.
Last Thursday the Tigers traveled to Iola and dropped a 41-36 decision. Vizena led the Tigers with 10 points while Graham hit for nine.
The Tigers will be off until January 3 when they host the Thorndale Bulldogs in both teams’ district opener. Thrall will be looking to end a 10-game losing streak to the Bulldogs. The last Tiger win in the series was in January 2013 when Thrall topped Thorndale 50-43 in Thrall.