COMMERCE — A 27-17 edge in the fourth quarter helped Commerce pick up a 56-48 win over the Fairland boys here Tuesday, Jan. 2.
“I am extremely proud of my kids for battling through a very physical game,” Commerce coach Terry Tyree Jr. said. “In our last game, they outshot us 29-8 from the free throw line. We attacked the basket better this time and the difference was 27-25.”
The Tigers converted on 12 of 25 chances, going 7 of 11 in the final stanza.
Fairland (4-3) was 14 of 27 at the line. Commerce saw an 8-7 first-quarter lead turn into a 21-21 tie at the half.
The Owls went up by two (31-29) heading into the fourth quarter, when Commerce held a 10-point edge to get the win.
“We still have got to get better stopping dribble penetration, but it’s only our sixth game (3-3) and we’ve gotten better each game,” Tyree said.
Hunter Burkybile scored 21 and Danny Salinas added 16 for Commerce.
Bryar Chandler and Gabe Gray chipped in with seven points each.
Cruz Munson and Lupe Prado added three and two points, respectively.
Fairland also had two players reach double figures, Isaac Matthews with 21 and James Morris with 10.
Others scoring for Fairland were Cole Cawlfield with five, Cayden Elliott and Trey Martin, three each, and Jose Garcia, Jay Padberg and Thatcher Smalley, two each.
Girls: Fairland 39, Commerce 27
The Lady Owls were up 5-2 after one then carried an 18-14 lead into the half.
Commerce held a 12-11 advantage in the third but was outscored 10-1 over the final eight minutes.
Nikki Dingle’s 15 points headed up the scoring for Fairland.
Cayden Harper and Kyndall Davis netted six each while Savannah Hutchison netted five points.
Elizabeth Boyd finished with three and Jessica Roberts and Ciara Allen scored two each.
The Lady Tiger scoring included seven from River Friel, six from Morgan Connell, five from Ashley Myers, four from Marisa Scott, two each from Josalynn Barr and Dawn Convirs and one from Miriam Nino.