Backboard battle

Terry High School senior Nick Jones hauls down an offensive rebound during Tuesday’s non-district game against Texas City. He put the ball in the basket seconds later. Jones’ 15 points in the game helped the Rangers defeat the Stingerees 66-64.

Terry High School head boys basketball coach Michael Jackson expected a thriller of a game against Texas City on Tuesday, and he got it.

The Rangers rallied in the second half of play on Tuesday to defeat the visiting Texas City Stingerees 66-64 in the final seconds of the non-district game.

The win boosts Terry’s season record to two wins and three losses.

The Rangers trailed 17-11 at the end of the first period, but out-shot the visitors 15-14 in the second period to go into halftime trailing 32-25 due to good shooting by seniors Nick Jones and Connell Olivaccé, who sank a three-point shot, and junior Cody Ray, who made two free throws.

Terry owned the court in the third quarter, putting 25 points on the board and holding Texas City to 12.

The Rangers’ full-court press caused the Stingerees to turn the ball over numerous times and stymied Texas City’s shooting.

Jones dominated the backboards on both offense and defense. Senior Jabari Woods took a pass from the baseline and added a basket to Terry’s side of the scoreboard to narrow the Stingerees’ lead to 35-29. Jones drove to the basket for another two points seconds later and Ray added another three-point basket to give Terry the lead for the first time in the game.

Jones stole a pass seconds later and put it in the basket to make it a 38-25 game in Terry’s favor.

Sophomore Gerry Ray stole a pass and put it in the basket with less than three minutes on the clock and then added a three-point bucket to give Terry a 43-39 lead.

The Tigers out-scored the Rangers in the final period of play 20-16 but it wasn’t enough to make up for the Stingerees’ poor performance in the third-period of play.

Three-point shooting helped Texas City tie the score at 50-50 with 6:48 on the clock, and both teams traded leads for the remainder of the game.

Texas City led 64-61 with 50 seconds on the clock but Gerry Ray raced down court for a layup to make it a 64-63 game with 22 seconds on the clock.

Jones stole the ball and sank the winning basket with 19 seconds remaining to give Terry a 65-64 lead.

Olivaccé made a free throw seconds later to make the score 66-64 in Terry’s favor.

Olivaccé led the scoring for Terry with 18 points, including three three-point baskets. Jones followed with 15 points — five of them from free throws. Cody Ray contributed eight points, Gerry Ray, 10, Woods, 8, Eric Perez, 4, and David Santos and Chandler Tyler each had a three-point basket.

Of 13 free throw attempts, the Rangers were good for 9.

Terry battles Rudder on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the LCISD tournament.

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