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Tigers beat Bulldogs
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Irving College hasn’t been able to keep the core of players who won an elementary 5-6 grade championship title two years ago, but the key piece has remained.Chance Hobbs powered the Tigers to the preseason Morrison Ruritan championship Saturday, earning MVP honors in the process as the eighth-grade shooting guard scored 22 points in a 52-38 victory for Irving College over the Eastside Bulldogs.Hobbs was the high scorer in a game that featured most of the players who worked together to win Irving College’s first school championship in over 20 years, though they were split on each side. Hobbs highlighted a group of feisty Tigers who won another championship, while former Irving College players Lucas Patrick and Tyler Pomales were busy leading the Bulldogs.The grudge match at Morrison Elementary Gym saw the Tigers get off to a fast start behind their smooth-shooting guard.Hobbs scored eight points in the period and ended the quarter in dramatic fashion with his second 3-pointer. Hobbs stormed down the court in the waning seconds, went behind-the-back with his dribble and launched a fall-away shot from long range right before the buzzer.