By Sabrina Griffith
Despite their hopes to avenge last semester’s loss to the St. Philip’s men’s basketball team, the Northeast Lakeview Nighthawks fell prey to the Tigers 85-61 Wednesday.
The Tigers started the game with a quick lead when liberal arts freshman Marcellus Garrick made a layup. Andres Ramirez, math sophomore, stole the ball from the Tigers and drove the length of the court for a quick layup.
The Tigers showed great ball movement and 3-point shots throughout the whole game.
St. Philip’s education sophomore Tefton Tate said, “As long as we play as a team, we’ll have a pretty good game.”
Despite many fouls against the Tigers, they kept the lead throughout the game.
Most of the fouls committed by the Tigers were on Lakeview’s Cody Swearingen, which helped the Nighthawks stay in the game with the Tigers leading at halftime 44-29.
Tigers coach Jimmy Alcala said, “To win this game, we have to play together as a team, especially on defense.”
In the second half, the Tigers got hot while the Nighthawks struggled to shoot from the outside.
The Tigers won 85-61.
“We played as a team and moved around good,” Tate said. “We have to build on this and make it better and learn from our mistakes.”
Steve Gordon, Northeast Lakeview coach, said his team had a bad shooting night and the turnovers were a problem. “We lost a tough game to a good St. Philip’s team,” he said.
Alcala, who had urged the Tigers to reduce turnovers and get rebounds, said his team played great defense and was able to move the ball.
St. Philip’s plays the undefeated Northwest Vista College at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in Huisache Hall.