Doc Smith, Sports Correspondent
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Propelled by a 23-point outing by Grant Hanks and a 16-point effort from Chase McDermott the Brook Hill Guard were able to coast to a 72-50 win over T. K. Gorman Saturday afternoon at Haddad Gymnasium in Tyler.
Guard sharp-shooter, Philip Kitt, who added 13 points, knocked down two of his three treys in the opening quarter and scored eight of his 13-points to lead to a 20-12 advantage for Brook Hill after one quarter.
The Guard (11-10), opened up the lead ripping off 10 straight points from point guard, Grant Hanks, nailing two 3-pointers and 4-for-4 at the charity stripe. Hanks was the go-to guy for the Guard and finished with 23-points, eight rebounds, four steals, and two blocks.
“We expect a big game from Grant (Hanks) every game,” said Brook Hill head coach, Wally Dawkins. “What we have needed has been the other players making contributions and today those players started stepping up.
“Guys like Chase McDermott was key for us at the free throw line in the final quarter, Philip (Kitt) hit some huge 3’s, and Clayton Engel coming in and handling the point some for us helps free some other things up.
“No doubt about it, we need Grant and his game every time we play, and today he did a great job of getting the other players their shots, and ran the offense really well,” Dawkins added.
Gorman the hit 7-0f-10 free throws two creep back to a 37-25, halftime deficit.
The Crusaders (10-10), came out on a 8-2 rally to start the third period, led by four of Garrett Thibodeaux’s, nine-points in the setback for TKG. Crusader guard, Sean Goforth made two of his three, 3-pointers in the third quarter as TKG pulled back within 10, at 48-38.
The final period, Brook Hill went a solid 10-of-12 from the free throw line to nail down the game. Chase McDermott scored eight of his 16-points in the final stanza, while Engel was 2-for-2 from the field and 5-of-6 at the line in the final quartet to tally 16 for the game.
Brook Hill opens district play Friday, entertaining Dallas-First Baptist in a 7 p.m. tipoff. T
Brook Hill 72, T.K. Gorman 50
Brook Hill 20 17 13 24 - 74
T.K. Gorman 12 13 17 8 - 50
BROOK HILL – Grant Hanks, 23; Chase McDermott, 16; Philip Kitt, 13; Clayton Engel, 16; Jake Anderson, 3; Bryan Robinson, 2; Josh Heingartner, 1.
GORMAN – Judah Hill, 6; Christian Watkins, 9; Sean Goforth, 14; Chris Danly, 5; Michael Goodwin, 3; Garrett Thobideaux, 9; Jordan Morales, 4.
THREE-POINT GOALS – BH – Hanks 3, Kitt 3, Engel. TKG: Goforth 3, Hill.
RECORDS – Brook Hill 11-10. TKG 10-10.
NEXT UP – Carrollton-Prince of Peace at T.K. Gorman, Tues. Jan. 7., 7 p.m. Dallas-First Baptist at Brook Hill, Fri., Dec. 10, 7 p.m.