CABOOL –– Rod Gorman said his goal was for his team to play all four days at the Cabool Holiday Tournament.
Although the Tigers lost their last game –– a 63-46 to Crocker Friday afternoon in the consolation finale –– they were one of eight teams to make it to the final day in the 16-team field.
It is continued progress for the program.
“I couldn’t be happier,” Gorman said. “We have guys that haven’t played four games in four days. Most of them haven’t played three times in three days.”
Michael Zamarron led HHS with 14 points off the bench. Clayton Moore hit four 3-pointers and scored 12.
With Moore leading the way, the Tigers (4-7) hit 27 triples in the tournament.
“It has become a weapon of ours,” Gorman said. “I think you’ll notice more and more that we’ll need to shoot the ball well to play well.”
After nearly knocking off fourth-seeded Licking in the opening round, the Tigers stayed alive last Wednesday morning with a 56-46 win against Alton.
Ty McCloud scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half for the Tigers. Moore scored 15 points and hit three of the Tigers’ seven 3-pointers. Paydon Dixon added a pair of triples and eight points before fouling out.
Houston, which lost to Alton 58-50 a week earlier, led by two at the half before pulling away.
The following day, HHS rallied from a two-point halftime deficit and pulled away from Couch 49-39.
Moore hit three 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points to lead HHS. Zamarron added nine.
“I’m impressed with the overall toughness we are getting from our ballclub,” Gorman said. “For me to say that, it means we’ve come a long way. That’s the growth process.”