A big second half helped the Wharton Runnin’ Tigers beat the Bellville Brahmas last Friday, Jan. 22.

Wharton had three players finish in double-digit scoring, helping it pick up the 52-43 win.

The Runnin’ Tigers (9-2, 3-1) had a slow start to the game and at the half, they lead Bellville (4-12, 0-4) by two points.

Wharton senior Fred Jones opened up the third quarter with eight points, including making all six of his free-throws. In the quarter, the Runnin’ Tigers knocked down all eight of their free-throws as they started to pull away from Bellville. Wharton senior post James Jones scored six points in the fourth to help them maintain the edge over the Brahmas.

Fred Jones finished with a game-high 17 points, senior Eric Johnson chipped in 12 and James Jones had 11.

“I have been very pleased with how well my guys have stepped up to the challenge of this season,” Runnin’ Tigers coach Calvin King said. “The times we have missed with these different shutdowns has been unfortunate, but our practices have been highly competitive and we continue to get better the more we get to play. We have put ourselves in a good position so far in the district, but it’s important that we stay focused and take one game at a time.”

Despite a broken water main keeping the Runnin’ Tigers on the road, they have managed to continue picking up wins. Having a stretch of road games now will pay benefits on the second leg of district play. The Runnin’ Tigers will close district play with four straight home games.

Wharton will play Sealy on the road Saturday, Jan. 30.

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