Tigers boys fend off Crockett in OT

Three players in double figures fueled the Dripping Springs Tigers boys basketball team to a key 54-46 overtime win over the Crockett Cougars Friday.

Dripping Springs’ (15-5, 5-2) victory kept the Tigers in 2nd place in the 25-5A standings following a Jan. 21 loss to Austin Travis.

Leading the charge against Crockett were Tigers Felix Gonzalez, Jayden Guevara and Xavier Phillips, who all tallied 10 points in the game. Tiger Trace Young finished with seven points, while Charles Hunt finished with six.

Dripping Springs trailed 28-14 at halftime, hindered by the turnover bug. The Tigers committed 22 total turnovers in the game which led to 12 Crockett points. Cougar Alejandro Garcia finished with 18 points while Zephyr Repack tallied 14 points.

Despite the deficit, Dripping Springs battled back in the final two frames. Eleven third quarter points helped the Tigers close the gap to 37-25. Dripping Springs kept momentum by outscoring Crockett 14-2 in the final eight minutes, tying the game at 39-39 and forcing the overtime session.

In overtime, Dripping Springs’ offense slammed its foot on the throttle and outscored the Cougars 15-7 en route to the victory.

The Tigers shot 32 percent from the field against Crockett, which included going 4 for 23 from the three-point line. However, Dripping Springs’ aggressive offense also generated numerous attempts from the free throw line.

The Tigers return home Friday when they host district-leading LBJ at 7 p.m. at Tiger Gym.

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