Feb. 1, the Linden-Kildare varsity boys were in action against East Texas Christian School in Longview.
It was a non-district game as ETCS is associated with Texas Christian Athletic League (TCAL).
This was Homecoming for the Chargers. The Tigers got out early and were never pushed past that point leading 23-8 at the end of one and 40-21 at the half.
The second half was more of the same as the Tigers tried to lock in on playing solid as a unit. At the end of three, the Tigers had a sizable 58-35 lead.
L-K finished off the Chargers by a score of 71-49. All 10 Tigers dressed found the scoring column.
The win extends L-K’s winning streak to four and also put the Tigers’ winning 12 out of the last 14.
The Tigers followed the win against the Chargers with a matchup against Detroit.
A win against the Eagles would secure a play-off position but even more important, the Tigers would still be alive for a share of the district title.
Feb. 5, L-K’s boys’ basketball teams were in action against a deep Detroit Eagles team.
The JV got out to a slow start and fell behind by double figures early. The Tigers could not get in sync and missed several opportunities to score.
L-K trailed by six at the end of the first and by 10 at half 25-15. The Tigers came out of the halftime break scrapping.
They were able to close the lead to five at 26-21 midway through the third.
Near the end of the third frame, the Eagles stretched the lead back to nine at the end of the quarter at 30-21.
The fourth quarter saw the Eagles extend their lead up to around 13. The Tigers put up a furious fight but to no avail. The Eagles held on for a 40-30 win.
The varsity team took the floor in hopes of defeating Detroit for the second time this season.
In the first meeting L-K pulled out a 61-43 victory in a spirited battle between the teams and fans.
The Tigers came out fast again but quickly cooled off and the Eagles notched back to within striking distance, squaring the score at 11 as the first quarter ended.
In the second quarter, L-K exploded for 22 points and took a commanding 10-point lead into the intermission.
In the third quarter both teams missed opportunities to score before the teams would settle into a groove. The Tigers would increase their lead in the fourth to lead 51-38 going into the fourth quarter.
Detroit attempted to speed up the Tigers by deploying a 2-2-1 full-court press. L-K struggled against the press but answered with two presses of their own, 1-2-2 and 1-3-1 and provided enough pressure to the Eagles that turned them over on a several occasions.
By the end of the night, the Tigers found themselves on the high side of a 13-point victory at 71-58.
L-K was paced by Marquise Jones’ 19 and Ty Patterson’s 18. Red Tyson provided a much needed spark off of the bench with 12 points.
The victory brought the Tigers record to 18-5 with an 8-2 record in the district.
This was the sixth consecutive victory and 13 of the last 15. The Tigers secured a playoff spot with the victory and battled McLeod last Friday night.