Defense keys Birdville basketball win over Eastern Hills

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Birdville struggled to slow Fort Worth Eastern Hills’ inside game and forward Daniel William early in Tuesday night’s District 6-4A boys basketball matchup.

So the Hawks turned to defensive specialist Josh Tabb for his usual double-team help.

Tabb worked the assignment to perfection, shutting off passing lanes, recording four steals and scoring 15 points to help Birdville to a 71-47 home win over the Highlanders.

The win solidifies the Hawks (13-8, 10-1) in second place behind unbeaten Fort Worth Dunbar.

“I feel like Josh is the best defensive player in our district and he really showed why tonight,” Birdville coach Jeff Fitch said. “His anticipation is incredible and he knew they were going to throw passes tonight before they threw them.”

Birdville partially abandoned its man-to-man defense when the Highlanders (11-10, 6-5) raced to a 12-7 lead, then traded baskets until midway through the second quarter.

That’s when Tabb went to work, helping on Williams, who had eight points and four offensive rebounds at that point but would finish with 12 points.

The defensive adjustment helped Birdville to an 18-3 run that spilled over into the third quarter and allowed the Hawks to take control.

Eastern Hills had seven transition baskets in the first half and was down only 30-23 at intermission.

Andrew Sorrells had 17 points to lead a Birdville team that was 26-of-54 from the floor.

Eastern Hills cooled after scoring seven buckets in the first quarter to shoot only 26.9 percent from the field.

Noah Scott also had 12 for the Highlanders and Anthony Warren added 11.

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