Fort Worth Trimble Tech saved its best quarter for last to hand Fort Worth Wyatt a 59-46 defeat on Friday for the Chaparrals' first loss in District 7-4A.
Tech outscored Wyatt 23-11 in the fourth quarter at Billingsley Field House, won its seventh straight and tied the Chaparrals atop the district.
"It was a big win for us especially on the defensive end," Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory said.
The Bulldogs (20-7, 10-1 in 7-4A) played tight man-to-man defense in the fourth quarter and allowed four Wyatt points as the game entered its final minute. Two of those points were free throws.
"In practice we've been working on defensive drills to try and make the boys compete and to bring a little more toughness, and it showed tonight," Ivory said.
With 7:51 to play, the Bulldogs took their first lead of the game, 37-36, on a layup by Rayvyon Parks. Wyatt didn't lead again.
Parks scored 13 points in the fourth quarter, nine on free throws. During one stretch Parks scored 11 consecutive points.
"We leaned on him a little bit at halftime by telling him, 'We need you to play now,'" Ivory said. "But he also stepped up big on the defensive end as well in the second half."
The Chaparrals (17-10, 10-1) started the game with a 12-3 run, but Tech closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run.
Wyatt hit three of its seven 3-point attempts to start the second quarter, riding it to a 28-22 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, Tech outscored Wyatt 13-8 to pull within 36-35.
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