The North Belton Middle School Tigers basketball teams played at Bonham Middle School on Monday evening.
In the 7th grade B game, the inside paint play of Jackson Engelke and Francis Walker played major dividends for the Tigers as they defeated Bonham handily 39-6.
NBMS led 4-0 after the first quarter and 24-0 at halftime. North was up 29-0 when Bonham scored their first field goal. The Tigers led 35-4 at the end of the third quarter and cruised to the 35-point win.
In the 8th grade B game, Rowdy Raines and Colton Schlickeisen created penetration in the lane and Bonham could not stop the pressure as Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 27-14.
The Tigers led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and 15-11 at halftime. North started to pull away in the third quarter and built a 21-14 advantage. They held Bonham scoreless in the fourth quarter for the 13-point win.
In the 7th grade A game, Bonham did not have an answer on either half of the floor as North ran away with a 53-10 win.
T.J. Johnson, Trent West, Seth Morgan, Josh Goings and Garrison Lane wore out the Bulldogs in the first quarter, combining for 21 points and pulling North out to a 19-point advantage.
Tyler Tingle joined into the mix in the second quarter, as the Tigers scored 23 points and led at the half, 44-5.
Aaron Bain, Caleb Lamm and Nick Bennett became factors in the third quarter, helping the Tigers defensively hold Bonham to five points in the final 12 minutes to secure the win.
Johnson led all scorers with 23 points. Morgan scored nine for the Tigers.
The 8th grade A game was the most competitive of the night. After a back-and-forth struggle in the first quarter, Bonham led after the first seven minutes 11-9.
Thomas Bowman scored eight consecutive points in an 8-1 run to start the second quarter before Dylan Hinkle’s field goal put Bonham back to within three points. Kayden Downs had a hot hand towards the end of the first half with seven points before a scary foot injury right before the half had Tiger fans on edge. North led 22-19.
It was Hinkle against Bowman in the third quarter, as they each scored four points. A late Bonham floater in the lane gave them a 31-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Downs, Dallas Hamkamer and Richard Evans combined for a 9-3 run before Bonham’s mad charge game the Bulldogs a 44-42 lead with 23.1 seconds.
Undeterred by the Bulldogs’ momentum, Jason Bonnett’s floater in the paint with a second left forced overtime, 44-42.
Bowman and Downs scored six of the Tigers’ eight points in the final quarter to win the ball game 52-46.