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Tigers claw their way into title tilt
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Irving College’s Spencer Stubblefield gets around Morrison’s Braxton Gibbs in their Friday night semifinal game. Irving College won to earn the right to compete for the championship. - photo by Taylor Moore

After beating Boyd in the first boys game of the tournament, Irving College was feeling good facing Morrison on Friday night and pulled out a win. 

Irving College punched its ticket to the championship with a 37-35 win over Morrison at Bobby Ray Elementary.

Irving College kept a pretty steady lead throughout most of the game. With shooters like Canaan Parris and Matthew Roller, the Tigers were feeling confident. But Morrison’s Braxton Gibbs helped the Eagles keep pace.

Irving College was ahead of Morrison 18-16 at halftime. Irving College got the upper hand in the third quarter hitting a couple of 3-pointers. 

The fourth quarter was the one to watch because Morrison kicked into high gear, preventing everyone but Irving College’s Leo Castaneda from scoring that quarter. With consistent scoring from Bradan Haggins and Kristopher Robledo, Morrison was able to take the lead. 

In the final few minutes, it was a scramble for the lead, going back and forth. Finally, the buzzer rang while the Tigers were ahead giving them a two-point win.

Irving College will battle Centertown on Monday night, and Morrison will play Dibrell for third place.


IRVING COLLEGE

Matthew Roller 12, Leo Castaneda 10, Canaan Parris 9, Wesley Clendenon 4, Spencer Stubblefield 2


MORRISON

Braxton Gibbs 11, Kristopher Robledo 10, Bradan Haggins 8, Isaiah Robledo 4, Trayce Ashford 2