The Belton Tigers boys’ varsity basketball team hosted the Burnet Bulldogs in their first home game of the season Monday afternoon at Tiger Gym.
T.J. Johnson, Diego Santana, and Josh Rardin each scored in double-figures, as the Tigers used a couple of big runs to separate themselves from the Bulldogs. Belton emerged with an 84-49 win over Burnet.
The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season with a road trip to Elgin on Tuesday upcoming.
Johnson hit a three-pointer to put the Tigers on the board 1:56 into the contest after both teams failed to find a successful shot.
After Burnet took a 4-3 lead, Tyson Pine hit a three-pointer to give the Tigers the lead. Burnet tied the score at 6-6 before Johnson scored seven straight points and new call-up Seth Morgan hit a bucket to give the Tigers 15-6 lead.
Luke Bramlett hit a three-pointer with 32 seconds to go and Rardin hit a three-pointer to put the Tigers up at the first-quarter break, 21-7.
Rardin sank a three-pointer from the right corner to continue the Tigers’ run. Santana, Johnson and Ben Jones each drained baskets before the Bulldogs broke the 18-0 run with a three-pointer to make the score 33-10. Johnson, Santana, Morgan, and D’emante Smith continued the deluge towards the end of the half, as Belton opened up a 26-point lead, 40-14.
It didn’t take long for the Tigers to start ripping the twine again, as Johnson, Santana Pine, and Rardin combined for an 18-5 Belton run over a 4:09 span. The Tigers led by as many as 42 points before the Bulldogs closed the gap to 40 points at the end of the third quarter, 69-29.
With many of the reserves in the game, the Tigers certainly held their own. Santana, Morgan, Mikal Kerley, Justin Brown and Austin Aggers all found the scoresheet in the fourth quarter. Burnet outscored Belton in the fourth quarter 20-15. However, the Tigers wound up winning the game by 35 points.
Johnson scored 22 points, including four three-pointers and went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Santana scored 15 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Rardin scored 12 points, and Morgan scored nine points.