Tornadoes fall despite strong performances from Gonzalez and Pigford

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CLARKSVILLE, Ark. – Luis Gonzalez and DJ Pigford combined for 49 points, but Concordia Texas men’s basketball fell short, suffering a 91-88 loss to the Ozarks on Saturday.

In a match that saw the two teams trade runs, CTX couldn’t get the better of Ozarks. Despite battling to level the score with just under five minutes to go, the Tornados couldn’t complete their comeback effort as the Eagles outlasted CTX in the closing minutes.

Gonzalez scored 26 points, just one shy of his career mark, and added five rebounds and three assists to his stat line. Pigford recorded a new career high with 23 points in addition to grabbing six rebounds and providing six assists.

In the first half, the Tornados took a 15-7 lead after Antoine Henderson dunked at 15:24. Gonzalez had five points and Zaid Harris added four, leading the way in the opening five minutes.

However, Ozarks provided a response, taking a 22-21 lead with ten minutes remaining, and the Eagles held the lead for the remainder of the first half.

Gonzalez scored his first 10 points in the first half, and the two Tornados big men, Antoine Henderson and Tige Johnson, added eight points apiece. However, the Tornados trailed 44-40 before the break.

Pigford and Gonzalez took over in the second half, providing 18 and 16 points respectively. Trevon Hester also provided a spark off the bench, adding eight points on 3-of-5 shooting in the half.

The Tornados kept pace with the Eagles early in the half, eventually breaking through to tie the game at 53-53 thanks to a three-pointer from Pigford with 16:23 remaining.

Another bucket from Pigford with 13:45 left gave the Tornados a 58-57 advantage, marking their first lead since the 10:17 mark in the first half, but the Eagles recovered and regained the lead. With 8:03 on the clock, UO had extended their lead to 73-63.

However, Hester led the Tornados back, scoring seven unanswered runs to make it 73-70 with 6:07 remaining. With CTX back within striking distance, they couldn’t catch up, and a Gonzalez finish in the paint tied the score at 77-77 with 4:56 remaining.

Although the Tornados fought back, they couldn’t take the lead and the Ozarks pulled away on the stretch. At the final buzzer, the Tornados fell 91-88 to the Eagles.

The Tornados will look to bounce back when they return home, hosting McMurry for a tip at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Concordia Fieldhouse.


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