There wasn’t much Corsicana coach Nic Claiborne could say in a text exchange late Tuesday night after the Tigers’ 55-41 loss to Cleburne at Tiger Gym.
All that showed up in the blue bubble of his first text exchange was, “21-2.”
As in Cleburne 21, Corsicana 2 in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers led 39-34 entering the final eight minutes, but managed only a driving layup by Manny Haggerty early in the period.
Laukak Lanki and Blane McElroy made 3-pointers to give Cleburne the lead for good at 40-39 with just under seven minutes to go in the game.
Meanwhile, the Tigers (9-23, 1-9) missed seven 3-pointers in the fourth period, most of them pretty good looks at the basket. Even George Foster, who was on fire in the first 24 minutes - scoring 16 points - couldn’t buy a basket as the Yellow Jackets (8-22, 4-6) ran away with the victory, improving their chances to win fourth place in 14-5A.
“We competed hard, they just made a few more plays than us at the end.” Claiborne said. “I thought we got a lot of good looks, they just didn’t fall.”
The Tigers also couldn’t stop Cleburne post Nash Mosoba, who scored 10 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Mosoba dominated on the boards, and also made 6 of his 9 free throws.
“We struggled keeping him out of the paint,” Claiborne said.
The Tigers and Yellow Jackets traded punches in the first half, with Foster scoring 10 points. McElroy made a 3-pointer late in the second quarter to give Cleburne a 26-22 at the half.
Corsicana came alive on the offensive end in the third quarter, outscoring Cleburne, 17-8. Haggerty, who struggled to make shots in the first half, scored five of his nine points in the third.
But for the second time in two meetings against Cleburne this season, the Tigers took a lead into the fourth quarter and didn’t finish.
Corsicana led by a point going into the fourth on Jan. 17 at Cleburne and lost 67-63, scoring only nine points in the final eight minutes.
Seven more points than the Tigers could muster in the fourth quarter Tuesday night.
The Tigers were led by Foster (16 points) and Haggerty (9). Ricky Olvera (4), Carlos Clemmons (4), Jack Ovalle (4) and Qua Chambers (4) also scored.