Blackcats’ season ends as No. 3 Yates comes out ahead


Mexia’s Tyrik Ray, right, swoops in to try and snag the rebound away from Yates J.C. Washington, while Trey Barstow keeps a Lions player blocked out of the play. Mexia News photos/Stephen R. Farris

By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
The No. 15 state ranked Mexia Blackcats basketball season came to an abrupt halt on Friday night at the hands of the No. 3 ranked Houston Yates Lions, 87-69, in front of a packed house at Bernard J. Johnson Coliseum on the campus of Sam Houston State University.
Yates, with a clear height advantage, used their quickness, speed and depth to accelerate to a 13-9 lead at the end of the first period, in what looked to be more of a defensive game than offense.
When the Lions went to a smaller lineup in the second period, the Blackcats turned up the heat and were able to pull ahead in the game, thanks to the inside play of their two forwards Damian Mathews and LaVictor McKnight.
Mathews poured in 14 points in the period, while McKnight hit six, including a slam dunk with 2:16 left in the half.

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