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By James McAfee
KNOX CITY—The Knox City Greyhounds added an area championship to their credits with a hard-fought 50-43 win over the May Tigers in Winters last week, but then saw their successful season end two days later when they suffered a 57-37 setback to traditional power Eula at Tiger Gym in Anson in the Class 1A regional quarterfinals.
Coach Jordan Carter called the No. 15-ranked Pirates a solid, well-coached team. “We got beat on the glass and took too many charges,” he said. “We had some opportunities but couldn’t put enough stops together to trim the lead.”
It took over five minutes for the Hounds to finally score on a three-pointer by Gilbert Trevino, but they managed to stay in the game with a strong defensive effort despite seeing four fouls called for charging on the offensive end.
The Pirates, champions of District 13-1A, led 14-6 at the end of the first quarter, extended the advantage to 26-17 at halftime, and then took control to pull away in the second half.
They downed the Aspermont Hornets, the No. 3 seed from 15-1A, who eliminated the Munday Moguls in bi-district, in the same Anson gym by a 58-32 score earlier in the week for an area title.
Eula advanced and was scheduled to play Irion County Tuesday night.
“Overall, this was one of my funniest years to coach,” Jordan said. “The kids worked hard and gave us very little trouble. I am going to miss the seniors terribly and am grateful for what they have done to help build our program. To finish the year 17-8 and area champions is something to be very proud of.”
Earlier in the week, the Hounds used a strong defensive effort to eliminate the Tigers, who came on strong after a late start because of going to the Class 1A D1 finals in football.
The Hounds trailed early and the game was tied at 25 at halftime before the Hounds assumed the lead after neither team could score in the first almost five minutes of the third quarter.
“In the end, we made the plays we needed to,” Carter said. “Again, our defense played really well. We had to because offensively we missed a ton of easy shots. May plays really hard and we had to match their intensity throughout the game.”
The Hounds had a 22-11 edge in turnovers, including 12 steals, and turned them into a 14-6 advantage.
In addition, they executed the game plan by not allowing the Tigers to make any of 16 tries for 3s and had several players keep pressure on a guard who liked to attack the net.
Tres Frausto led the scoring effort with 17 points. “It was nice to see him attacking and getting baskets,” Carter said. Austin Hacker added 10 points.
Carter also pointed out that he had several guys come off the bench to step up and play big minutes, gaining experience that will help them in the future.
“I am proud of these Hounds,” he said. “They keep stepping up to the challenge and are having a season to remember.”