It took until the final two minutes, but the Irving College Tigers were able to make sure their school earned a sweep on the road Friday night at Boyd.
Nate Williamson broke a tie with 2:02 left with a layup and Leo Castenada sealed the deal with two late putbacks as Irving College beat the Broncos 38-32. It followed a 43-3 victory for the Lady Tigers over Boyd.
Boyd (0-4) had stormed back from a double-digit deficit to tie the game 32-32 late, but Irving College caught the Broncos napping on an inbounds to secure its first victory.
Williamson found himself all alone on the left block during a baseline throw-in, which gave him plenty of time to lay it in for the go-ahead bucket. Boyd had two late looks to tie, but both missed and allowed the Tigers to run out.
Castenada crashed the glass after a 3-pointer missed, getting a reverse layup to fall to give his team a 36-32 lead. He repeated the feat with :20 left, part of a team-high 17 points for the Tiger post.
The late layups stopped what had been the Sam Page show for most of the fourth quarter. Boyd’s burly guard put his team on his back to claw back into the game, scoring nine of his game-high 19 points in the final period.
Page’s heroics weren’t enough to hold off the Tigers though, especially with their two-way attack.
Castenada was the force inside, but Corbin Felton was just as unstoppable on the perimeter. The Tiger guard netted 15 points, including banking in a shot from halfcourt to beat the halftime buzzer and give his team an 18-13 advantage.
Nate Williamson added four points for Irving College, which moved to 1-2, while Trace Taylor had two.
Boyd got six points from Jordan Perry, followed by Jack Rhoton with four and Bryant Ralph with three.
In the girls game, Irving College led wire-to-wire to improve to 1-2 this season while Boyd fell to 0-4.
It’s been a struggle for the Lady Broncos this year, especially with a roster that doesn’t feature a single eighth-grader. Boyd had been held scoreless in its prior two games before CJ Perry finally broke the slide with a late layup in the first quarter of Friday’s game.
Raylee Vinson added a free throw for the home team’s lone points.
Lily Cathcart finished with a game-high 10 points for Irving College, followed closely by Kaydence Smith’s nine points, including beating the first-quarter buzzer with a 3-pointer.
Also scoring for Irving College was Brooklyn Wanamaker with eight, Shelby Fults with seven, Ashlin Reed with three and Emily Gonzales, MaKalie Hobbs and Liz Parrish with two points each.