The Calallen Wildcats had to fight from behind to beat the Moody Trojans, 55-46, last week at Moody High School gym.
Just like their female counterparts, Calallen's boys were down big at the halfway point being down by as much as 13 in the second quarter.
"We only guarded a few players, and Moody had some wide open shots against us," said Calallen head coach Jeff Crews. "We just didn't see the entire field in the first half."
Though the Dec. 18 game was a back and forth battle in the first quarter, the Trojans had a slight 1-point advantage over the Wildcats, 16-15.
Moody junior Phillip Griffin was a dominant force for the Trojans, scoring 11 points with four rebounds in the first quarter alone. Altogether he scored 25 points with six rebounds.
Moody began to pull away in the second quarter going on a 12-0 run.
The Wildcats remained scoreless in the quarter until Josh Anderson scored with 2:25 left in the half.
The Trojans outscored Calallen, 16-9, giving Moody a 32-24 lead at the half.
The Wildcats looked like a completely different team in the third quarter.
They started off on an 11-4 run that put them within one point, 36-35.
After Moody's Keelin Oliver scored, Calallen answered back with a 3-pointer from freshman guard Deron Belford that tied the game, 38-38. Belford scored 17 points total, 10 alone in the third quarter.
"I turned the ball over a few times in the first half, so I had to try to see what I could pull off offensively in the second half," Belford said.
Calallen's Scott Ryan also shot as well, leading the team with 18 points.
Usually one of the team's top scorer's, Michael Conroy scored just three points, but he had an impressive showing on defense with 12 rebounds, four steals and four blocked shots.
"Conroy did a great job inside, and my guards were able to make things happen," Crews said.
With 57 seconds left in the third quarter, Anderson scored on an offensive rebound, giving Calallen the lead, 40-38.
After outscoring the Trojans, 21-6, the Wildcats were up, 45-38, with one quarter left to play.
"I felt fair, after we got the lead," Crews said. "A lead is never secure whether it's two or 12 points. It could go away quickly."
Moody had another rough outing in the fourth quarter, scoring just eight points thanks to Calallen's Conroy. His five rebounds and two blocked shots in the quarter helped secure the victory for the Wildcats.
Next up for Calallen is its final tournament before district play begins.
The Calallen Christmas Classic, held at the Calallen High School gym, begins today and lasts until Saturday.