SALADO — Salado head coach Kenny Mann knew that Tuesday night’s game against Llano was a must-win game if his team wanted to reach the playoffs. 

The Eagles delivered in a dominating performance, winning 68-46.

“I was really proud of the way we played especially in the first half,” said Salado head coach Kenny Mann. Salado now sits just a game behind Lampasas for fourth place in District 25-4A after Lampasas lost to Taylor Tuesday night.

Led by Seniors Preston Rosebrock and Justin Tatum, the Eagles never trailed in the contest.

Rosebrock scored a team-high 19, while Tatum added 18.

“We came out and knew what we had to do,” Rosebrock said. “We knew what they could and couldn’t handle last time.”

The Eagles got things started early when Tatum delivered a 3-pointer moments into the game. Moments later, Trevor Stump hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put Salado on top 10-0.

Salado continued its hot shooting from there Rosebrock stole the ball at halfcourt and hit a layup, was fouled in the process and Salado led 20-6.

Toward the end of the quarter, Salado guard Peyton Kyburz delivered a 3-pointer to extend the Eagles lead to 23-8.

The Eagles did not let up in the second quarter.

Behind four made 3-pointers in the quarter, including one right before half by Jeremy Jarvis, Salado had a big cushion going into halftime, 47-16.

“We stepped up when we needed to and knocked down our shots,” Tatum said. “We came out on fire tonight.”

Salado knows if it wants a chance at the playoffs, it comes down to next Tuesday against Lampasas.

“If everything happens the way it should, it will come down to next Tuesday against Lampasas for a tie for fourth in district,” Mann said.

The Eagles have the advantage of having their last three district games at home.

“We just have to stay focused and come out with that same intensity as tonight, and get ready to beat Lampasas,” Tatum said.

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