ST. DAVID — A strong second half stand propelled the St. David High School boys basketball team to victory Friday night against Tohono O’Odham. The Tigers won their sixth consecutive game of the season by a score of 79-68.
St. David took an early four-point lead but quick back-to-back 3-pointers by the Eagles gave them their first lead with 6:50 to play in the first. The teams tied the game 11-11 midway through the quarter, which began the see-saw battle in scoring. St. David held a 22-20 lead after the first quarter.
The lead was erased seconds into the new frame, but the back-and-forth scoring continued for the remainder of the half, and the teams went into the intermission tied at 40 points each.
St. David’s offence surged in the third quarter to build a lead Tohono O’Odham couldn’t overtake. The Tigers led 56-50 with 3:25 to play in the quarter but extended that lead down the strecth to 11 points, 67-56, heading into the final frame.
The home team’s offense continued to roll in the fourth quarter. Halfway through the last eight minutes the Tigers led 73-59. Reo Larson led the second surge, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the final 16 minutes.
Kason Jacquez led St. David with 26 points, 14 coming in the second quarter, while Hunter Awtrey had 13 in the win.
The Tigers are now 6-3 on the season after falling to NFL Yet High School and Junior High School on Monday, 60-57. St. David hosts Academy of Tucson on Wednesday, with tip-off at 7 p.m.