Typically Royse City’s go-to-guy, Justin Crutchfield had an off-night in the Bulldogs’ non-district basketball game against Mount Vernon last week.

It took Crutchfield two attempts to hit the three-pointer that tied the game with 3.1 seconds on the clock sending the battle into overtime.

“Crutchfield was off, but it was a good team effort,” said Royse City coach Greg Mills after his team’s eventual, 63-61, overtime loss to the Tigers.

Royse City struck first with buckets by Justin Jacobs and Hank Davis as well as a three-pointer by Dustin Peterson to give the Bulldogs a 7-2 lead.

Peterson completed another three-point play as he was fouled on a successful offensive put-back and then sank the free throw to pad Royse City’s first quarter lead at, 14-9. The Bulldogs finished the opening period with a solid, 17-12, advantage.

The two teams battled within two-points of each other throughout the second period with Kollin Padon and Sean Adkins scoring for the Bulldogs until Peterson sank another three to hold the Royse City advantage at 25-23 heading into the half-time break.

Mount Vernon took as much as a five-point lead early in the third quarter on scores by Zack Jaggers and A.J. Rockwell, but the hot-handed Padon poured in five buckets including a three-pointer, a long two and an offensive put-back to keep the Bulldogs in the running.

Peterson took a fast-break smoothly to the basket for an easy Bulldog lay-in and Jaggers added his third Tiger three-pointer of the night to end the third period all tied at, 42. It was the last anyone would hear from Jaggers, however, as strong defensive play by Royse City’s Jacobs shut him down in the second half.

Free throws fell for the Bulldogs as Brian Irby hit a pair of successful And-1s and Wynn Posey added a one-and-one bonus shot to hold the Bulldogs behind the Tigers at 51-50 in the fourth.

Chris Bonner scored with less than a minute left in regulation to give Mount Vernon a 53-50 lead, but the Tiger defense gave Crutchfield one-try-too-many to hit the three and send the game into overtime.

Peterson won the overtime tip off and Padon drove all the way to the basket for a quick Bulldog score. The Tigers took the advantage back, at 61-58, however, on scores by Rockwell, Austin Taylor, and Landry McGill.

Free throws by Peterson and Rockwell held the Tigers, 63-60, advantage with just over 10 seconds remaining in the OT period.

With two seconds left and the Bulldogs down by three, Irby sank a free throw and then purposely bounced the second attempt off the rim but time ran out as the teams scrambled for the loose ball.

Peterson led the Bulldogs in the game with 16 points, including a trio of three-pointers. He also had four steals and three assists.

Padon finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Crutchfield added eight points and four rebounds and Posey had six points and six rebounds.

Jaggers and Rockwell led the Tigers with 21 and 15 points, respectively.

In spite of the loss, Mills said he was pleased with the Bulldogs’ efforts in the game, particularly at the free throw line where Royse City completed 12-of-15 attempts.

“We shot better free throws tonight,” he said. “We played a lot better and we might have found a little bit of our identity. I’m real pleased.”

Royse City’s junior varsity and freshman teams found the going easier against Mount Vernon as the Bulldogs JV won, 60-51, and the freshmen won, 34-19.

Royse City will open district play Friday as they play host to Wills Point. The Bulldogs will travel to Quinlan Ford on Jan. 16.

Non-district basketball

Varsity boys

Mount Vernon 12 11 19 11 10—63

Royse City 17 8 17 11 8—61

Leading scorers:

Mount Vernon: Zack Jaggers 21, A.J. Rockwell 15, Courtney McGill 7, Chris Bonner 6, Landry McGonnigil 5, Austin Taylor 5, Brantley Price 2, Kolton Stoker 2.

Royse City: Dustin Peterson 16, Kollin Padon 13, Justin Crutchfield 8, Brian Irby 7, Wynn Posey 6, Sean Adkins 5, Hank Davis 4, Justin Jacobs 2.

Record: RC 11-2

Next games: Wills Point at Royse City, 8 p.m., Jan. 12; Royse City at Quinlan Ford, 8 p.m., Jan. 16.

Junior varsity boys

Mount Vernon 8 18 9 15—51

Royse City 16 16 15 14—60

Leading scorers:

Royse City: Arterberry 21, Crutchfield 18, Thompson 9, Mayo 8, Fritzchow 4.

Freshman boys

Mount Vernon 3 2 4 10—19

Royse City 10 11 9 4—34

Leading Scorers:

Royse City: Britt 9, Stone 5, Nixon 4, Chandler 4, Fedrick 3, Clopton 2, Ragsdale 2, Mapps 2, Avery 1.

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