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Victoria East rallies past C.C. King

By MIKE FORMAN
Dec. 29, 2013 at 6:29 a.m.


2013 Victoria Classic

Victoria Events Center

Monday's Schedule

9:30 a.m., Austin Hyde Park vs. Victoria West

11 a.m., Houston CHSM vs. Victoria East

12:30 p.m., Yoakum vs. Navasota

2 p.m., St. Joseph vs. Corpus Christi King

3:30 p.m., Seventh-place game

5 p.m., Fifth-place game

6:30 p.m., Third-place game

8 p.m., Championship game

Victoria East couldn't hold a six-point lead in the final minute against St. Joseph.

But the Titans were able to overcome a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter against Corpus Christi King.

East went on a 12-2 run in the final 3:09 of the fourth quarter to capture a 64-60 win over the Mustangs late Saturday night at the Victoria Events Center.

The Titans improved to 9-8 on the season and went 1-1 on the first day of the 2013 Victoria Classic tournament.

Austin Alexander scored six points during the game-ending run, which included five layups.

"The difference was we were behind," said East coach John Grammer, referring to the Titans' 64-56 overtime loss to St. Joseph. "We seem to play better when we're behind."

Sophomore Datryan Evans led East with 21 points, Trevon Ramey added 13 and Alexander had 10.

The Titans were able to dominate inside, which helped them to survive six 3-pointers by King.

St. Joseph in Pool A was the only team to go through the first day of the tournament undefeated.

The Flyers will play King on Monday at 2 p.m., but have already wrapped up the top seed in their pool by virtue of their wins over East and Houston CHSM.

Victoria West, defending tournament champion Navasota, Yoakum and Austin Hyde Park each went 1-1 in Pool B play.

The top seed in Pool B will meet St. Joseph for the tournament championship Monday at 8 p.m.

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