Stephen Graham hit six of eight shots from the field to lead all scorers with 12 points and paced the Thrall Tigers (6-11) to a 42-25 rout of the Bartlett Bulldogs Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs led 7-4 in the opening minutes of the game, but the Tigers finished off the quarter to take a 10-7 lead after one. Clayton Allen’s two free throws trimmed the lead to 7-6 for the Tigers and Ryan Grisham scored on a back-door layup that gave the Tigers their first lead of the game. Allen closed out the scoring with a layup with just over a minute to play.
Kellen Kincaid completed a 3-point play early in the second that gave Thrall a 13-9 edge and a pair of Jake Vizena free throws pushed the Tigers’ advantage to six with 6:02 to play in the half. Graham scored his first points of the game with just over five minutes remaining in the half that gave Thrall a 17-9 lead. Braeden Howell closed out the first-half scoring with a deep 3 and the Tigers led 25-11 at the half.
Thrall outscored the Bulldogs 12-7 in the third quarter to extend their lead to 35-20. Sammy Herrera drained a 3 with 27 seconds to play to round out the scoring for the Tigers.
The fourth quarter was quiet as the Tigers held on. Bartlett couldn’t manage to find the shots and both teams settled for seven points each in the final frame.
Thrall enjoyed a balanced scoring attack against the Bulldogs. Graham’s 12 led all scorers. The Tigers secured six points each from Allen and Vizena, while Herrera and Howell each scored five. Vizena led the team in rebounds with 12 while Nolan Sheffield chipped in five and Luke Williams pulled down four.
Thrall was back in action on Friday when they traveled to Holland. On Tuesday Thrall will host the Granger Lions (2-8).