PNT Staff Report
SAN JON — The Elida Tigers overcame a terrible start Thursday against Floyd in the Eastern Plains Athletic Conference tournament to squeak out a 56-55 win.
As the EPAC tournament moves to Greyhound Arena in Portales for the final two rounds, the win gives Elida (8-4) a chance to play for seventh place at 10:45 Saturday against Grady while Floyd (3-8) goes against House at 12:45 on Friday at Greyhound Arena.
The Broncos jumped all over a cold-shooting Elida squad to post a 14-4 lead after one quarter. Elida’s shooters got warmed up in the second period, though, and outscored Floyd 17-14 to cut the lead to 28-21 at the half.
“Elida just didn’t shoot very well in the first half,” Floyd coach Rafael Roybal said. “The second half was a pretty good ball game. They just caused us to make a lot of mistakes and took advantage of them.”
With the lead still elusive, Elida began to press in the second half and turn up the defensive pressure. It still took until the fourth quarter to turn the lead around and things stayed tight at the end.
“After our first quarter, we got after it,” said Elida coach Darrell Chenault. “We played good. We had to step up our intensity, we were pretty flat (coming out).
Roybal said he felt good about the way his team played for the most part but said with a young team, including a pair of eighth-graders, some nights are tougher than others.
“We just don’t quite understand the little things we need to do,” Roybal said.
Elida’s Wesley Gilmore led all scorers with 24 on the night. Tom Sullivan contributed 11 in the winning effort.
For Floyd Kyle Kropf led the evening with 16 points and Jesus Davalos and Brad Lee each had 10.