While you give credit to the Travis and Cypress Ranch boys basketball teams for playing strong defense, neither team had a strong shooting exhibition.
Both the Tigers and Mustangs struggled to shoot the basketball, but the defensive effort was there with both teams. Travis got enough offense from guards Mekhi McIntyre and Justin Hill in a 47-35 win on Tuesday night at Tiger Gym.
Hill and McIntyre scored 11 of the Tigers’ 13 fourth-quarter points and helped Travis go on a 10-0 run to end the game.
“It was ugly, but we’ll take an ugly win,” Travis head coach Craig Brownson said. “The big thing is that we closed out with a 10-0 run at the end. We got a couple of baskets and made about five-to-six stops at the end.
“We couldn’t hit anything tonight. Justin was due for a bad game, but we got it done.”
Senior forward Zul Sakhiyani struggled to find his three-point shot early in the game, but he did get a couple of layups to go down in the first quarter to put Travis up 8-6. In the second quarter, the Tigers continued to drive to the basket to score. McIntyre scored on two baskets and guard Cameron Oliver came off the bench to hit a three-pointer to help Travis outscore the Mustangs 17-8 to take a 25-14 lead at halftime.
Cy Ranch (4-1) came out with a stronger defensive effort in the third quarter, as the Mustangs went on a 10-2 run to pull with three points of Travis. But the Tigers held on to the lead as Hill drove for a bucket, followed by a three-pointer by Sakhiyani to move the lead to seven, 34-27.
Both teams continued to struggle to score in the fourth quarter, but Cy Ranch was able to put a run together to pull within two. But forward Joseph Cadette scored on a putback jumper, Hill was able to get a driving layup, and he and McIntyre hit six free throws down the stretch to get the win.
Hill and McIntyre scored 11 points each, while Sakhiyani ended with seven points. Only one player reached double figures for Cy Ranch, as guard Mike Hawkins scored 12 points, including two three-pointers.
Travis moves its record to 3-1 on the season. The Tigers will next face Foster in their opening matchup in the Lamar Consolidated ISD tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Fulshear High School.