The Belton Tigers’ JV basketball team hosted the Bryan Vikings Tuesday evening at Tiger Gym.
Bryan grabbed an early six-point lead before the Tigers roared for a 18-0 run on their way to a 58-44 over the Vikings.
The Vikings led 8-2 with 4:35 to play in the first quarter when the Big Red engines got fired up.
Tyler Tingle hit a field goal and two free throws to start the run. Payton Euer’s three-pointer gave the Tigers a 9-8 lead with 3:31 to play in the opening quarter. Chris Scott hit a pair of jumpers, which forced the Vikings to call a timeout to try and stop the run.
However, the run continued, as E.J. Foutz hit a three-pointer for the final points of the opening frame. The Tigers led after eight minutes, 16-8.
A pair of solid plays by Jack Tabat led to field goals from Foutz and Scott to complete the run and put the Tigers up, 20-8, with 5:32 to play in the first half.
The Vikings completed the half with an 11-6 string, as the Tigers held a seven-point lead at the end of two quarters, 26-19.
Euer’s three-pointer 18 seconds and free throw moments later was met by a couple of Bryan field goals to bring the Vikings back to within seven points with 5:36 to play in the third quarter, 30-23.
Euer found a sweet spot on the floor moments later, and the right corner behind the three-point line was the epicenter of the Tigers’ 21-3 run that bridged into the fourth quarter. Euer hit four three-pointers from the right corner, and Tingle added one from the right elbow of the arc to give the Tigers a 51-26 lead with 7:24 to play in the game.
Bryan closed the contest with a late 18-7 run. However, the hole was too deep for the Vikings to climb out of.
Belton will host Shoemaker Friday night at Tiger Gym.