The May Tigers put forth a much better offensive performance in their second game at the Underwood’s Christmas Classic Tuesday morning, but they were unable to keep up with the Goldthwaite Eagles, who strolled to a 68-38 victory.
The Eagles used a 15-0 run at the end of the first period and start of the second to turn a 9-8 deficit into a 23-9 advantage with 5:31 left before halftime. Goldthwaite extended its lead to 32-19 by halftime and took a 47-31 edge into the fourth period.
Goldthwaite was led by the 27-point effort of Ezra Gonzales, followed by eight points apiece from Chance Barnett and Garrett Schwartz, along with seven points each from Tyler Horton and Javier Zermeno.
May received 10 points from Jeremy Phillips, nine from Jeremy O’Briant, seven from Derek Jesko, six from Cody Lancaster, four from Ethan Jaggers and two points from Matthew O’Briant.
Trailing 8-5, the Tigers got back-to-back buckets from Phillips to stake May to a 9-8 lead — its final advantage — with 1:18 left in the opening quarter.
Schwartz gave the Eagles a 10-9 lead with 59 seconds left in the period, which started a 6-0 quarter-ending run. Gonzales and Zermeno followed with buckets with 46 and 18 seconds remaining — both the result of May turnovers — to give the Eagles a 14-9 lead at the end of the initial stanza.
Zermeno drained a three-pointer to start the second quarter, then Gonzales tallied six straight points to push the lead to 23-9 just 2:29 into the second quarter.
Down 30-13 with 1:55 left in the first half, May ended the quarter on a 6-2 run to close the halftime gap to 32-19. Lancaster and Jesko sank two free throws each, then Lancaster scored again at the buzzer.
Goldthwaite regained the momentum by scoring the first nine points of the second half — four from Schwartz and five from Horton — to stretch the lead to 41-19 at the 4:55 mark, and the Eagles cruised from there.
Sweetwater 60, May 31
The May Tigers were unable to tally a win in their three Classic contests, falling to Class 3A Sweetwater, 60-31, in their tournament finale Tuesday evening.
The Tigers trailed 14-9 after one quarter, 29-17 at halftime and 45-29 through three quarters. May mustered only two points during the final stanza, compared to Sweetwater’s 15.
Jeremy Phillips again led May with 16 points, followed by seven from Ethan Jaggers, four points each from Jeremy O’Briant and Matthew O’Briant and one point from Jared Howard.
Jacob Blueford and Kenneth Norman scored 14 points each for Sweetwater, followed by Jason Vause with 13 points.
May (8-6) is scheduled to return to action Friday when it hosts Blanket in District 16-A Division II action.