Coleman would have been content to sit back in its triangle-and-two defense all night, but Philip Garza just wouldn’t allow it.
The sophomore guard from Hico (9-1) knocked down four three-point bombs, forcing the Bluecats out of the gimmick defense featuring a three-man zone and two defenders manned up on Tiger big man Michael Warren and guard Drew Polk.
Garza finished with 16 points, leading Hico to a 53-20 win.
It wasn’t all smiles, however, as the first half was tough, especially on the offensive end.
“We got off to a rocky start offensively. It was impossible during a timeout to explain everything that needed to be done against that defense,” Hico head coach Drew Coughlin said. “We spent all of halftime drawing it up and going over it, then our guys came out and executed really well on offense in the second half.”
The Tigers held a 16-11 edge at the break before rolling to a 37-9 advantage in the second half.
Hico returns to action in the Lingleville tournament today through Saturday. They begin action at 10 a.m. this morning when they meet De Leon.