The Belton Tigers took on the Harker Heights Knights on Tuesday evening, in their first District 12-6A action of the season.
The Tigers scored 25 points in the first quarter, but scored just 14 points in the middle quarters as Heights fought back from a 14-point deficit to win 66-55.
With Heights’ leading 6-4, Tyson Pine took a paint feed from T.J. Johnson to tie the game at 6-6. Reid Pulliam hit a field goal and Mario Lockett and Johnson hit three-pointers to put the Tigers up 14-6 with 3:47 to play in the quarter, forcing Knights’ head coach Celneque Bobbitt to call timeout.
Galen Flowers hit a bank shot to snap the 8-0 Belton run with 3:07 to go in the quarter. Kayden Downs hit a runner and three-pointer, sandwiched around a three-pointer by Anthony Brown.
After Terrance Carter and Jerome Cooper hit jumpers, Downs ended the quarter by draining a three-point basket from the corner at the horn to give Belton a 25-12 lead.
Heights bounced back with a vengeance in the second quarter, as Flowers, Carter, Kevon Parham, Jairus Cherry combined for 19 points and erased 12 points of the margin. Belton led 31-30 at halftime.
The Knights came out took the lead with five minutes to play in the third quarter, as Ryan Chamberlain hit a three-pointer to put Harker Heights up 37-34. Pulliam hit a finger roll shot and a free throw in the quarter, which the Knights led at the conclusion, 43-39.
The collective tempo of the game picked up in the fourth quarter, with the Knights outscoring the Tigers 23-16. Belton ended up falling to the Knights by 11 points.
“We had a rough second and third quarter, no doubt,” Belton head coach Jason Fossett said. “It’s the same old story for us. Growing up. We turned the ball over too much and missed too many layups. It’s 6A basketball. When turn the ball over and miss layups, it’s probably not going to end very well. The good thing for us is that the sun will come up tomorrow and it’s another day. We’ll get ready to play on Thursday.”
The Tigers will play in the San Antonio ISD Boy’s Tournament Thursday through Saturday. Their first game is against San Antonio Kennedy Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Lainer Athletic Center at Lanier High School.