By Jason Chlapek
Killeen Daily Herald
GATESVILLE – When teams are hitting 77 percent of their shots, they can be hard to beat, especially if that team is successful on 77 percent of its 3-point shots.
That's the buzz saw the Gatesville boys basketball ran into on Tuesday morning as Austin Crockett made 14 of its 18 shots behind the arc in the Cougars' 78-71 victory over the Hornets in the Gatesville Holiday Basketball Tournament at Gatesville High School.
"We played really well (against Crockett), but they shot the ball extremely well," said Gatesville coach Brian Edwards. "They had one of those nights where they made all of their shots."
Gatesville (15-5) did bounce back to claim third place with a 62-46 victory over Burnet on Tuesday afternoon. In that game, Dominique Moore paced the Hornets with 16 of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter, including four 3-pointers in the final eight minutes of play.
Gatesville and Burnet were tied at 36 entering the final quarter of play before Moore took off. The Hornets led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter and 26-24 at the half.
Bryan Cobb also chipped in 20 points for Gatesville, and Burnet was led by 12 points from Garrett Wilkes.
In the loss to Crockett, David Mays was the main culprit in the Hornets' loss as he hit nine of the Cougars' 14 3-pointers. Despite the large 3-point shooting barrage, Crockett was never able to put Gatesville away as the Cougars led by seven at the half (42-35) and eight after three quarters of play (61-53).
Despite Mays' effort, Moore led all scorers in the contest with 31, including 18 in the second half. Moore hit six 3-pointers in the loss.
Gatesville hosts Marlin in nondistrict action at noon on Friday.
Cove boys finish fifth
In its final tune-up before beginning District 12-5A play, the Copperas Cove boys basketball team struggled to find someone to complement Raheem Odomes.
The result was a 68-58 loss to El Paso Americas in the fifth-place game of the Gatesville Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Odomes led all scorers in the contest with 27 points, and scored 112 points in four tournament games, but Cove coach David Farber has concern about his team heading into district play.
"We just couldn't score," Farber said in reference to his team's loss. "We need for other guys to step up, and we don't have too long to prepare for Ellison."
Cove hosts Ellison on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the 12-5A opener for both teams.
Farber was pleased with Odomes' 28-points-per-game average in Gatesville.
"Raheem had a great tournament," Farber said. "But he can't do it all. He's trying to get other people the ball, but they've got to help him out."
Matthew Pruitt did score 13 points for the Bulldawgs as well.
Cove also beat Jarrell, 76-61, in a game to determine who would play for fifth place and who would play for seventh.