The boys’ basketball version of the Battle of the ’Berg lived up to its billing on Monday night, as Terry and Lamar Consolidated played a back-and-fourth game at Mustang Gym.
The Rangers got a much-needed win on the road as senior guard Cody Ray hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left to give Terry a 51-50 win over its crosstown rival.
The win keeps Terry in the hunt for a playoff spot in a very crowded field in District 24-5A.
“These guys are resilient, they’re very tough,” Terry head coach Cristian Driver said. “All year, we have been facing some things just like everyone else, but when things seem like it’s against us and our backs are against the wall, they really come back and fight hard.”
After Lamar scored a quick four points early in the final period, Terry began to play aggressive defense to get some turnovers. Junior guard Gerry Ray hit a three-pointer, then got a steal and a three-point play with the layup while being fouled and made the free throw to put Terry up 46-42 with 2:20 left.
The Mustangs cut the lead to a single point on a driving layup by senior forward T’Eddrick Perry with 1:04 left. But Gerry Ray hit two free throws to keep the Rangers up, 49-46 with 31 seconds left.
Senior guard Jeremy West got a layup to help Lamar cut the deficit back to a point, then Gerry Ray fouled Lamar junior guard Jamiel Robinson with 7.9 seconds left, fouling Ray out of the game.
Robinson made both free throws to put the Mustangs ahead, but a quick pass found Cody Ray in the corner, where he was fouled with 2.1 seconds left. Ray hit two of three free throws, and the Mustang pass to midcourt was stolen to prevent Lamar from getting off a shot at the buzzer.
Lamar scored 19 points in the second quarter to take a 28-25 halftime lead, but Terry held the Mustangs to only 10 points in the third quarter to enter the fourth quarter tied at 38.
“I thought we did a good job of battling back after we had control early in the game,” Lamar head coach Dale Turner said. “We lost momentum in the second quarter because of fouls and turnovers, little parts of the game that are super important.”
Gerry Ray led Terry with 18 points, while Cody Ray had 17. Senior forward Chandler Tyler added seven points for the Rangers.
West and Perry led Lamar with 13 points each, while Robinson had 12 points.
Terry then lost a close game to Foster on Tuesday, 54-51, and faced Fulshear on Wednesday, moving its record to 4-8 overall and 3-4 in district play. The Rangers will host Kempner on Friday.
Lamar lost at Hightower on Tuesday and faced Fort Bend Marshall on Wednesday, with the Mustangs at 8-8 overall and 3-5 in district. Lamar hosts Willowridge on Friday.