Tigers rally for win over SA Cole (w/gallery)
Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2014 at 8:25 p.m.
SEGUIN - Alfred Ortiz does a lot of things on the court that don't get noticed, but pay dividends on the scoreboard.
Goliad's only junior starter is more than happy to do the dirty work if it helps the team win.
"Alfred helps us a bunch," said Goliad coach David Kelley. "He can do a lot of things well. He does a lot of rebounding, a little bit of inside scoring, a little bit of outside scoring, a little bit of ball handling. He defends well. He really is an unsung player. He has a lot of skills."
Ortiz showed his versatility against San Antonio Cole with his defense under the basket and by playing the point on offense.
He also converted 5 of 6 free throws to help the Tigers rally for a 51-48 Class 2A regional quarterfinal win over the Cougars on Tuesday night at the Seguin High School gym.
"I don't really mind doing whatever," Ortiz said. "I've got another year to come. I'll be back next year to play."
Ortiz will return to the Seguin gym Friday at 6 p.m. when Goliad (30-5) plays Hallettsville (21-6), a 67-64 winner over Hitchcock, in the regional semifinal.
The Tigers had to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit to reach the regional tournament for the first time since 2005.
"We looked at the shot chart at halftime, and we couldn't see anything in the paint because everything was taken in the lane," Kelley said. "We really concentrated on staying down instead of flying for every fake. In the second half, we played a lot more disciplined."
Goliad limited Cole (24-15) to 14 points in the second half, and the Cougars made only two field goals in the fourth quarter.
"We just weren't getting defensive rebounds, and that's what was killing us the first half," Ortiz said. "They were getting offensive rebounds and scoring in the paint. In the second half, we stepped up on defense and stopped them."
Goliad took the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Irwin Franklin with 59.17 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
But the Tigers missed six of their next eight attempts from the line. They were able to overcome the misses with a pair of offensive rebounds and two Cole turnovers.
"They're so unglamorous in practice, but they mean so much in games, and we'll spend the athletic period shooting free throws tomorrow," Kelley said. "But my God, they're important."
Dravian Duncan, who led all scorers with 20 points, made the second of two free throws with 9.98 seconds left.
Cole missed a 3-point attempt, and Goliad got the rebound with just over a second left to clinch the win.
"We should have made them," Ortiz said of the free throws. "We just were struggling at the end. I guess we were just really nervous at the end when we really needed them."
Goliad 51, San Antonio Cole 48
SAN ANTONIO COLE - Terrell Robinson 13, Julian Wilson 13, Joe Watson 2, Justice Pierce 2, Julian Jackson 6, Dakota Creason 7, Andre Williams 5.
GOLIAD - Desmond Perry 3, Carl Roy 8, Dravian Duncan 20, Dalton Sturm 6, Uyless Bland 2, Irwin Franklin 3, Alfred Ortiz 9.
Halftime: Cole 34-27. 3-pointers: Robinson, Wilson, Perry, Roy. Records: Cole 24-15; Goliad 31-5.