A double-double from Dripping Springs Tiger basketball player Richard Milliron wasn’t enough to prevent the Lake Travis Cavaliers from scoring a 60-57 non-district win Nov. 28.
Milliron kicked off the scoring for his team, and continued to score all game long. The senior took a Spencer Johnson pass and drilled a three from the top of the key, setting the tone for the Tigers early.
The Tigers were able to get out to a 23-20 lead at the end of the first quarter. The combo of Johnson and Milliron gave the Cavaliers trouble early and it never let up. Milliron battled with Lake Travis Junior DJ Thorpe in a battle of bigs. The Tiger senior won the battle in the first half, but the teams finished the first half tied at 32-32.
The second half was no different than the first, with the teams duking it out to the end.
Tiger Senior Spencer Johnson started off the second half hot, getting a three-pointer to fall, and knocking down a pair of free throws on the next possession.
On the following Cavalier drive, Johnson came up with the steal, and drained a 3 on the fast break. Johnson went on to make two big chase down blocks, which electrified the Tiger crowd.
The Cavaliers did not go down quietly however. After a Tiger turnover, the Cavaliers went on a 8-2 run, and controlled the game going into the final few minutes.
In that span, the Cavs hit six consecutive free throws, taking advantage of the free throw opportunities.
Milliron didn’t let up, however, and drained a three-pointer off an assist from senior Bryce Kalsu, a shot that helped obtain momentum back and keep them in the game.
Lake Travis led 60-57, but the Tigers had a chance with only eight seconds left on the clock. The Tigers set up a play looking to get Milliron open from three-point range to tie it, but the shot did not fall.
Milliron finished the game with 27 points and 12 rebounds and an assist. Johnson had 16 points of his own, and contributed 3 assists, rebounds, and 2 blocks. Kalsu recorded 6 rebounds and 4 assists of his own.