The Thrall Tigers outscored Milano 49-19 over the second and third quarters in route to a 71-43 drumming of the Eagles. The win keeps the Tigers very much in the thick of the playoff race as they reach the midpoint of the district schedule.
Thrall took control early outscoring the Eagles 12-3. Jake Vizena hit on a couple of short jumpers for the Tigers. Thrall took advantage of their defense scoring a couple of fast-break baskets in staking themselves to the lead.
As the second quarter got underway the Tigers began to utilize their outside shooting and dominant inside game. Stephen Graham scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the quarter while Luke Williams connected on two 3-pointers. Vizena, who finished the night 12 points, added five in the quarter including three of four from the line as the Tigers took a 39-16 lead at the half.
In the third quarter Thrall picked up a pair of threes from Sammy Herrera and Nolan Sheffield. Thrall finished the period with 22 points while holding the Eagles to six.
Thrall put on the breaks in the final period, but still managed to add 10 points. Meanwhile, the Eagles finally seemed to find the range from outside hitting six 3-pointers in the final quarter.
The Tigers outrebounded the Eagles 49-25 and scored 32 points off 27 Milano turnovers. In addition, they hit 39 percent from the field while holding the Eagles to 27 percent.
In addition to Graham and Vizena’s performance the Tigers got nine points from Alec Ochoa and eight points each from Williams and Herrera. Gordon led the Eagles with 15 points while Avrett tallied nine.
Thrall hosted the district-leading Hearne Eagles Friday night