Loss to T-M eliminates East from playoffs
By BY MIKE FORMAN - MFORMAN@VICAD.COM
Feb. 8, 2013 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:09 p.m.
Victoria East didn't have to look far to find reasons why it won't be going to the boys basketball playoffs for the first time in the school's three-year history.
A 6-minute, 22-seconds scoring drought in the first and second quarter, three turnovers on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter, and a total of 17 points scored in the second half.
The Titans' problems added up to a 61-48 District 30-4A loss to Tuloso-Midway on Friday night at the East gym.
The loss eliminated East (14-17, 4-7) from playoff contention, while the Warriors (21-11, 7-4) clinched a playoff berth and moved into a virtual three-way tie for second with Victoria West and Calallen.
"It was really no different," said East coach John Grammer. "I thought we battled and we started off strong. We had a run in the second quarter. We really never had a run in the second half. We just couldn't make the big plays at the end. We couldn't make the shots and they did."
The Titans jumped out to a 9-2 lead before going into their scoring drought that was finally snapped by a Xavier Ellis free throw with 5:54 left in the second quarter.
"It's usually not a little drought," Grammer said. "All teams have some spurts, but they're 2 or 3 minutes and maybe 5 at the most. We have more than one per game."
East recovered and led 31-27 at halftime. But the Titans never led again after Devin Delagarza made their only 3-pointer with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter.
East managed to tie the score at 42 when Jalen Wilson hit a jumper with 6:42 left in the fourth quarter.
But the Warriors, who were led by Jerry Brittain's 28 points, closed out the game with a 19-6 run, including the final six points from the free throw line.
"I feel for those seniors because that's a really fun bunch to coach," Grammer said. "We just really didn't step up and make shots and make plays enough, especially down the stretch."
Trevon Ramey scored 14 points and Ellis had 12 for East, which will close out a bittersweet season for Grammer, who missed the postseason for only the fourth time in 24 years, Tuesday at Gregory-Portland.
"It's always frustrating," he said. "We beat (district champion) Calhoun and had a chance to beat them the second time too. We played with every team, every game we had a chance to win. We just didn't quite have the.We just couldn't make the plays at the end to win."
Tuloso-Midway hit seven 3-pointers on the night.