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Tigers win thriller, capture District 1 title
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The Irving College Tigers won the District 1 postseason tournament last week. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Michael Ferrell, Brody Taylor, Ridge Green, Cash Lusk and Branson Pack. Back row, Dakota Lockemy, Paxton Wilson, Eli Pack, Eastlan Green, Mikey Fults, Tellus Roller, Drayden Cantrell, Nicolas Castenada and coach Tyler Morton.
Mikey Fults was a beast on the block for the Tigers.

Irving College didn’t win all its games against Hickory Creek, but it won the most important one last week. After falling to the Hawks three times throughout the 4-6 grade year, the Tigers clawed their way to a title last Thursday with a 29-28 victory in the District 1 finals.

Eastlan Green led the way with 11 points as the Tigers claimed their second-straight championship in the Warren County elementary league. Austin Breedlove had a game-high 13 points in defeat.

“It just came down to who had the ball and who had to foul. Both teams played their hearts out,” said Irving College coach Tyler Morton. “What pushed us over was time of possession at the end of the game. It was the same thing that changed it in the final game of the regular season.”

Irving College had come close a week before against the Hawks, ultimately losing 35-34 on the final day of the regular season. The Tigers weren’t going to let another close one slip away though.

Green hit a gigantic triple from the right wing in the fourth quarter and the Tigers hit just enough from the line to survive. A tenacious defense didn’t hurt the cause either.

“There wasn’t much breathing room. The 3-pointer Eastlan hit really gave us some momentum, but they came right back. It was a nail biter,” said Morton.

Hanging another banner is big for the Tigers and Morton. The new leader believes it shows a full buy-in from his players when it comes to the culture of the program.

“We’re making sure the sportsmanship is there and the kids have to work to earn things. Our breakdown is ‘Blood, Sweat, Respect, Tigers,’” said Morton.

Tiger scoring – Green 11, Nicolas Castenada 4, Eli Pack 4, Mikey Fults 4, Dakota Lockemy 4, Drayden Cantrell 2

Hawk scoring – Breedlove 13, Lawson Denning 7, Case Simpson 6, Aiden van Vuuren 2