The Cub basketball team found themselves in a great position Tuesday night for a guaranteed playoff spot if they could beat Roosevelt. The Cubs sat alone in 4th place one game ahead of Roosevelt and with a win, could take a two game lead.
It appeared that nerves got the best of both teams to start the night with a playoff spot on the line, as neither team could get anything going on offense. About half way through the first quarter, the Cubs offense started to click as the Cubs took a 14-7 lead.
The Eagles were able to stay with the Cubs in the second quarter, matching shot for shot and at the end of the first half, the Cubs found themselves with a 26-20 lead.
The Eagles came out strong in the third quarter but it was the Cubs who would go on a late run to extend their lead to 45-33 as the quarter ended.
The last time these two teams met, the Cubs had a lead going into the 4th quarter, and the Cubs allowed the Eagles to eventually take the lead back. That would not be the case this time as the Cubs held off an early run from the Eagles, eventually taking the victory 60-51.
The Cubs were led in scoring by Jaden Martinez with 19, followed by Nikko Vela with 10. Seniors Malachi Garza with 9 points, Hunter Acosta with 7 points, and Rocky Vicencio with 6 points were the other lead scorers on the night.
The Cubs put some distance between themselves and the rest of the district fighting for the final playoff spot with the win. The Cubs still have a chance at a third place or higher if they can win out. The Cubs will play at Littlefield Friday, with an approximate start time of 8 p.m. Littlefield is in solo possession of third place, but a Cub victory would put the Wildcats and Cubs tied for that spot.
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