KETCHUM — Commerce let a five-point third-quarter slip away during a 54-46 loss to Porter in a Class A Area II Consolation Bracket D game here Friday, Feb. 23.
The loss ended the Tigers’ season at 14-10.
“We had a great bunch of seniors who I’ll miss, but they’ve laid a great foundation for the future,” Commerce coach Terry Tyree Jr. said.
Porter was up 16-8 after the first period then rolled into the half with a 27-22 advantage.
The Pirates carried a 40-37 lead into the fourth, when they outscored Commerce 14-9.
Austin Willard accounted for 30 of the Pirates’ 54 points. He had four field goals, five treys and converted on 7 of 19 free throw lines.
“That 24 (Willard) hit a couple uncontested 3s from top of the key,” Tyree said. “We didn’t guard him, so you have to give him credit.”
Willard scored 21 of his points in the second half, including 12 of Porter’s third-quarter points.
Hunter Burkybile scored 21 to head up the Tiger attack.
Lupe Prado and Danny Salinas scored six each followed by Ty Jauert with five and Bryar Chandler and Cruz Munson, four each.