Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

January 30, 2013

CHS Boys Hoops: Tigers fall to fourth place with 79-74 loss to Whitehouse

By Todd Wills
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The Tigers had a chance to close out their biggest win of the season Tuesday night. They learned you have to execute to get there.

Corsicana had crucial turnovers in a tight game, and it turned on the Tigers as Whitehouse pulled out a 79-74 victory in a battle of second-place teams in 16-4A at Tiger Gym.

Whitehouse moved into second place in district with a 4-2 record in 16-4A. The Tigers fell to 3-3 and in fourth place in district.

The Tigers had a 72-70 lead with 2:02 left in the game — and the ball — when things turned on them.

Mike Lewis, who had a hot hand from outside, missed a contested 3-pointer, but Jamaal Evans grabbed the rebound to save the possession. Instead of resetting the offense with the lead, Evans tried a putback that missed and Whitehouse’s Pat Mahomes grabbed the rebound and the Wildcats grabbed a victory.

Mahomes made two free throws to tie the game at 72-72. His teammate, Jake Parker, then came up with a steal at midcourt and made a layup for a 74-72 lead with 33 seconds left.

Corsicana’s execution lapsed again as Mahomes made a steal on the sideline and drove all the way for a dunk and a free throw for a 77-72 lead with :26.3 seconds left.

Mahomes had 34 points to lead the Wildcats. Jaylon Dews also had a huge game for Whitehouse with 22 points.

Lewis led Corsicana with 20 points. Ralph Watts had 12 points, including nine in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers led 34-33 at halftime and 57-56 after the third quarter.

Whitehouse 79, Corsicana 74

Whitehouse   16   17   23   23 — 79

Corsicana     17   17   23    19 — 74

Whitehouse — Patrick Mahomes 34, Jaylon Dews 22, Jake Parker 12, Chris Kunzman 2, Ryan Cheatham 4, Ty Stickley 3, Spencer Shaw 2.

Corsicana — Dzifa Mallet 13, Tim Lang 3, Mike Lewis 20, Tedrick Wilson 4, Ernest McGhee 13, Lathan Carter 2, Ralph Watts 12, Jamaal Evans 7.

Records — Whitehouse 20-7, 4-2 in 16-4A; Corsicana 21-7, 3-3.

District 16-4A Boys Stadings

                        District    Overall

Jacksonville           6-0    29-0

Whitehouse           4-2    20-7

John Tyler             4-2    10-14

Corsicana              3-3    21-7

Nacogdoches        1-5    12-12

Lindale                   0-6    9-16

Note: The top 4 teams make the playoffs

Tuesday’s Scores

Whitehouse 79, Corsicana 74

Jacksonville 48, Lindale 21

John Tyler 54, Nacogdoches 34

Friday’s Games

Corsicana at Jacksonville, 8 p.m.

Lindale at Nacogdoches, 8 p.m.

John Tyler at Whitehouse, 8 p.m.