By Sabrina Griffith
The Northwest Vista Wildcats and the St. Philip’s Tigers played a tough game; the Tigers knew they faced an undefeated team and put up a good fight but lost 71-69.
The Tigers took a brief lead at the end of the game, but the Wildcats were not going to stop pushing until they won in the last two minutes.
Civil engineering sophomore Joe Uribe led the Wildcats with 19 points. Respiratory care sophomore Ed Rodriguez led the Tigers with 22.
The Wildcats made the first shot, keeping the lead for most of the game. The Tigers pushed the ball down the court well.
Civil engineering sophomore Joe Uribe tried to pass, but kinesiology sophomore Tefton Tate stole the ball for the Tigers and passed it to liberal arts freshman Marcellus Garrick, who made a layup.
The Tigers caught up, but the Wildcats had the lead at the end of the first half, 25-22.
The undefeated Wildcats Coach Curtis McGlown said, “We work hard, we need games like this and we need to prepare ourselves for games like this. They played with a lot of heart and desire, and I commend that.”
In the second half, Marcellus Garrick drove the ball down the court with no one to stop him and made a layup for the Tigers. The Wildcats started making better shots and played defense well.
Engineering sophomore Jarod Booth scored a layup for the Tigers off a bounce pass from accounting sophomore Daryl Threat, who bounce passed the ball between all the players from the 3-point line.
Rodriquez became hot, continually making his 3-point shots. The Tigers stepped up and with seven minutes left in the game tied 46-46.
The Tigers took the lead, but the Wildcats hung in there, tying the game for every point the Tigers got ahead until with less than two minutes left in the game, the Tigers led 68-67.
Kinesiology freshman Aaron Williamson stole the ball and made a layup to take a Wildcats’ lead and win.