Birdville changes defense to subdue Saginaw

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Saginaw’s Tyler Flores kept making key shot after key shot in his team’s District 6-4A contest with Birdville.

That forced the Hawks to change defenses against the senior.

After that the Rough Riders (13-6, 8-3) struggled as Flores was held to just five points the rest of the way and Birdville (14-8, 11-1) came away with a 59-50 victory.

“Flores was on fire; he hit a few big shots and once he hit that 3 in the third, we decided to put Josh Tab on him and faceguard him, and he shut him down after that,” Birdville coach Jeff Fitch said. “We challenged the kids at the half to come out and play good defense in the second half and hold them to under 50, and we almost did it.”

Flores finished tied with a game-high 20 points as Birdville inside man Kendall Johnson also scored 20 points, including 13 in the second half.

“Kendall causes a lot of matchup problems for teams and he always seems to have a good game against Saginaw,” Fitch said. “It’s a really big win and I think that should put us in the playoffs. Now you just have to keep playing and try to play your best basketball of the half.”

Arique Moss hit a basket with 3:53 to play in the third to cut the Birdville lead to 38-37, but the Hawks responded with a 9-3 run.

Saginaw cut the lead to 49-43 on a Syntrell Greer basket with 3:31 to play, but the Rough Riders struggled from there.

The Rough Riders’ only lead of the first half came when Dakota Turner hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds to play for a 30-29 lead, but that was short-lived as Birdville’s Jeremy Crane made a lay-up with one second to go in the half.

The Hawks jumped to a 9-2 lead early as Johnson had four points and D.J. Draper hit a 3 from well behind the arc.

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