Fort Worth Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory's offensive philosophy is starting to envelop his players.
In a disciplined motion offense Saturday, the Bulldogs subdued Lancaster 63-55 in the DFW Basketball Challenge at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.
Tech (10-4) turned steals and turnovers into points, not only in transition, but in quality shot selection.
"That's the only way we're going to win games this year," Ivory said. "We're not as deep athletically this year, so the kids are buying into this style and they like it."
Jordan Gales, named MVP of the game, had 18 points and Chasten King had 16 to balance the Bulldogs' offense.
Eight players scored for Trimble Tech.
Gales and King, though, meant the most at the end, after each had just two points after one quarter.
They combined for 19 in the third quarter and turned Lancaster mistakes into points during the fourth quarter.
"They backed off a little on defense and at one point started to key on me," Gales said. "That gave Chasten some great opportunities, and he knocked them down for us."
Lancaster (3-9), which shot 49 percent through three quarters, went ice cold in the fourth. The Tigers missed 13 shots in the final period.
With Tech having fallen behind 44-42 late in the third quarter, Gales knocked down a 3-pointer, King hit another and Spencer Franklin had one more to give Tech a 52-47 lead and a cushion.
Bobby Word led Lancaster with 17 points. But the Tigers finally wore down as Tech's defense forced four turnovers in the final quarter.
"It's the kind of effort that can help us as district comes up," Ivory said. "We've played some good teams and played in some great events. I think that's only good for us."
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