BUFFALO — The A&M Consolidated Tigers had their game site shifted from Leon to Buffalo Bison Gym while traveling to their bi-district basketball game.
By the second quarter, they knew where they were going, outscoring Corsicana 16-2, and never trailed again on their way to a 52-42 victory Monday.
“Our defensive intensity picked up,” Consol coach Thirman Dimery said. “I think we came out with our eyes wide open not ready to play. Once we got in the second quarter, it was all about effort. We picked up the effort and got us some easy baskets.”
The win boosts Consol into the area playoffs against Georgetown or Magnolia, who play their bi-district game at College Station’s Cougar Gym at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Corsicana’s season ended with a 13-8 record.
The game had been scheduled to be played at Leon’s gym, and the Consol Tigers were on their way there when they got word that the game would be played instead in Buffalo. Storms had knocked out power in Leon and it could not be restored in time.
“We were about 20 minutes from Leon and got a phone call from one of the coaches that said, ‘Hey, you need to go to Buffalo, which is fine,’” said Dimery, who said he had to sweat the finish. “With a young team, the game is not over ‘til it’s over. Our half-court offense stalled, which is surprising. I thought we would shoot the ball better, but it could be just the first game of the playoffs.”
Corsicana cut into the lead several times in the second half. Devan Lindsey hit two free throws with 3:06 left in the third but Tre Flowers responded with two 3-pointers and a nice bounce-pass assist for Naaman Outing’s slam. Flowers displayed all of his skills, shooting inside and out and passing well. He led both teams with 19 points.
Lindsey capped a 6-0 fourth-quarter run that brought Corsicana to within 46-40 with 2:36 let in the game, but Consol hit six of eight free throws in the final 1:02.
Layton Dimery scored 12 for Consol. Lindsey’s 14 led Corsicana and junior Connor Hutching had 10, playing well on the offensive boards.
Corsicana built an 11-4 first-quarter lead before Consol came back with a coast-to-coast bucket from Flowers, who followed that with an assist on a corner 3-pointer from Dimery.
Consol moved in front early in the second quarter when Dimery was fouled, but forced in a shot for a three-point play, then passed back out to Flowers, who knocked down a long 3-pointer.
Flowers accentuated what became a 12-point run with a dunk. Dimery had two steals in the runs, plus an assist, helping build the Consol Tigers’ lead to 25-15 at halftime. Corsicana, which had seven second-quarter turnovers, scored just one bucket in the second period, which came off an offensive rebound from Tyler Donaldson after a missed free throw.
Consol 52, Corsicana 42
(Numbers stand for field goals, free throws made-attempted, fouls and points)
Jervontae Anderson 0 0-0 1 0; Coltan Kuykendall 1 0-0 2 3; Tyler Donaldson 4 0-0 1 8; Ji’ryn Young 2 3-3 3 7; Caleb Watkins 0 0-0 2 0; Connor Hutchins 4 2-3 3 10; Devan Lindsey 4 4-4 3 14. Totals: 15 9-10 16 42.
3pters — Lindsey (2)
A&M CONSOLIDATED (20-12)
Jordan Gray 1 0-0 2 3; Nate Floyd 3 4-4 4 10; Layton Dimery 3 5-8 4 12; Reed Larson 1 0-0 1 0; Bryce Smith 0 0-0 1 0; Naaman Outing 2 0-2 0 4; Tre Flowers 7 1-2 0 19; Abel Daily 1 0-0 2 2.Totals: 18 10-16 15 52.
3-pters — Gray, Dimery, Flowers (4)
Corsicana 13 2 13 14 — 42
A&M Consolidated 9 16 13 14 — 52
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