Sabine boys basketball fell short Tuesday night in the third round of the playoffs, but fulfilled an unspoken goal of having the best season the Cardinals’ program has had in a decade.
Sabine lost to Mount Vernon, 59-53, on Tuesday night in Lindale in the third round, or regional quarterfinal round, of the UILClass 3A playoffs. The Cardinals finished the season 28-8.
Mount Vernon, now 32-1, was about as good as advertised, especially defensively, and yet Sabine was able to play right with them.
Mount Vernon made it a point to reinvent itself defensively, in order to help keep Sabine senior Will Shawn from scoring.
The game went back and forth, with neither team able to pull away: Sabine’s largest lead was a five-point one in the second quarter, and Mount Vernon’s largest was the six-point final margin. Sabine trailed 26-23 at the end of the half, and 43-39 at the end of the third quarter.
Tray Oliver led Sabine with 22 points and seven rebounds. Eylan Goodwyn had 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Shawn had seven rebounds. Hunter Grotemat had six points and three rebounds. Glenn George had five points; Scottie Taylor had three; and T Taylor had two.
It was Sabine’s longest run in the playoffs since the 2008-09 team lost in the Class 2A regional tournament championship to New Waverly.
Sabine boys basketball is coached by Colby Carr; Carr’s assistants are Jason Heffner and David Duncan.