The Slidell Greyhounds made a valiant comeback attempt against the state-ranked Ector Eagles Tuesday night, but the early hole they dug proved to be too much as their season ended with a 59-49 loss.
Slidell coach Todd McCormick was proud of his team and praised their effort.
“We played hard and battled all night. Ector is a tough team. They are state-ranked for a reason. We did not shoot well early and that put us in a hole,” McCormick said.
The Greyhounds outscored Ector in both the third and fourth quarters. It was the first two frames that did them in.
PJ Connely, Ector’s leading scorer in the game, had eight points in the first quarter. Slidell could only muster seven points of their own.
Connely’s final bucket of the frame gave the Eagles a 17-6 lead.
Isaac Davis found a bit of a groove in the second quarter for Slidell. He had six of the 10 points the Greyhounds scored in the period.
The Eagles kept the pressure on by scoring 15 points to make the score 31-17 in favor of Ector going into halftime.
Slidell had three offensive rebounds and close-range shots just before the buzzer, but none fell. It was the way the first half went for the Greyhounds.
Slidell immediately cut the lead to single digits in the third quarter with buckets from Davis and Gracjan Pietryka.
Meanwhile, Ector continued to hit their shots while keeping Slidell at bay the remainder of the quarter.
Trent Garrett hit a basket just before the quarter ended for Slidell to make the score 44-33 heading into the final period of play.
Scott Bingham cut into Ector’s lead early in the fourth with a three point basket. He followed that up with a driving layup to make it 46-38.
Khristian Talamantes forced a couple of turnovers that gave the Greyhounds the ball before Tyler Maynard gave Slidell an opportunity to get closer by taking his fourth charge of the game.
They could not convert on the opportunities, and the Eagles made them pay.
A pair of baskets by Ector gave the Eagles a double-digit lead again, and the momentum had turned.
Twice the Greyhounds cut the deficit to eight points, but they would get no closer.
Davis was the game-leading scorer with 21 points. He was the only Greyhound in double figures.
Ector had four players in double figures. Connely finished with 17 points. Cody Kennedy scored 12, Bradlee Coldiron had 11 and Jimmy Ford added 10.