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Cayuga Beats Laneville 71-55 in Matchup of Top 10 Teams at Tenaha Holiday Hoops Tournament

Cayuga’s Preston Anderson shoots a three-pointer during the Wildcats’ 71-55 win over Laneville in Thursday’s quarterfinal at the Tenaha Holiday Hoops tournament. (Ray Jackson, ETSN.fm)

TENAHA — Laneville started fast, but Cayuga weathered the storm, getting a big night from a trio of its top playmakers in a 71-55 win in Thursday’s Tenaha Holiday Hoops quarterfinal at the Special Events Center.

Cayuga senior post Deon Shofner was one shot block shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and nine blocks. Sophomore guard Chandler Rigdon scored a game-high 21 points to accompany his seven rebounds and game-high five assists. Senior guard Preston Anderson scored 15 points in the game’s final 19 minutes and added seven boards, four assists, three blocks, and two steals for a nice all-around effort.

Cayuga outscored Laneville 40-14 in the second and third quarters. The Wildcats (10-3), ranked seventh in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Class A Division I poll, play Class 2A No. 1 White Oak in Friday’s 8 p.m. tournament semifinal.

Laneville (12-6), ranked seventh in the TABC Class A Division II poll, plays Saltillo at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Tenaha’s Tiger Gymnasium in a fifth-place bracket game.

“Chandler Rigdon in the last eight games is averaging 23 a game for us, so he’s really putting the ball in the bucket,” said Cayuga coach Greg Jenkins. ”We got off to a slow start. I thought out of one of the timeouts they responded a little bit. There were some fans from Laneville laughing back up behind us, and we really didn’t say anything during the timeout. I just said, ‘Guys, turn around and look. They’re making fun of us.’ They kinda just took off after that.”

Laneville staged a 13-0 run capped by Dontavious Harris’ three-pointer that gave the Yellowjackets a 19-9 lead less than a minute into the second quarter. Cayuga crawled back with two Shofner buckets inside before Laneville’s Ty Johnson left the game with his third foul at the second quarter’s 2:32 mark, when the Jackets held a 22-18 lead. With Johnson, who had eight points and six rebounds in the first quarter, out of the game, Cayuga closed the first half on a 12-2 run, including back-to-back Rigdon treys and an Anderson dunk off a Rigdon dish for a 30-24 halftime advantage.

After the break, it was all Cayuga.

Johnson, who had 10 points and nine rebounds, picked up his fourth foul 29 seconds into the third quarter. Anderson, Rigdon, and Shofner combined for 17 third-quarter points to help the Wildcats push their lead to 49-30 by the end of the third quarter, which closed with an 8-0 Cayuga spurt.

Laneville’s Kendrick Anderson sparked a brief Jacket fourth-quarter run, assisting a Harris three-pointer before scoring back-to-back buckets to cut Cayuga’s lead to 51-39 with 6:20 left, but Johnson fouled out with 5:53 remaining. Cayuga answered with a 9-0 run to propel the ‘Cats to a 60-39 edge halfway through the fourth.

Harris hit 5 of 14 three-point attempts to lead Laneville with 15 points and four rebounds. Kendrick Anderson had 13 points. Anthony Roberts had a team-high 11 boards. Cayuga got eight points and four rebounds from Wesley Rigdon.

Tenaha Holiday Hoops
Boys Quarterfinal

No. 7 (1A D-I) Cayuga 71, No. 7 (1A D-II) Laneville 55

Special Events Center, Tenaha

Laneville — 16 8 6 25 — 55
Cayuga — 9 21 19 22 — 71

Laneville (12-6)
Cayuga (10-3) — Chandler Rigdon 21, Preston Anderson 15, Deon Shofner 14, Wesley Rigdon 8, D’Onte Jackson 5, Keshawn Jackson 4, Braydon Walthall 4.

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