Eustace tossed up a barrage of three-point shots connecting on six of them in the first quarter to take a 28-18 lead and then held off Quitman boys 54-48 in a District 12-3A contest last Tuesday at Delbert Ballard Memorial Gym.
The Quitman defense took over after the first quarter, holding Eustace to just 26 points over the final three quarters, but the rally fell just short in the loss. After a Josh Medlin steal and length-of-the-floor driving lay-up, the Eustace lead was just 43-41 with 3:38 to play. With 2:51 to go, Eustace hit on two free throws by Clifton Johnson to make it a 45-41 deficit for Quitman. Eustace spent the rest of the game holding the ball forcing Quitman to foul. The visiting Bulldogs made their final four of six free throws to earn the 54-48 victory.
Quitman was down by 15 points late in the second quarter, but the home team continued to hustle and play aggressive defense. Quitman was down 38-25 at intermission, but continued to work hard on the boards and on their perimeter defense to claw their way back into the game.
Jace Reid hit a three-point shot at the 2:10 mark left in the third quarter to cut the Eustace lead to 41-30. Medlin and Garrett Peek each added free a pair of free throws to cut the Eustace advantage to 41-34 going into the final quarter.
Reid led Quitman in scoring with 13 points followed by Medlin who had 10, Peek 10, Aiden Corrior six, Aiden Steward four and Luke Pruden four.
Quitman is at Grand Saline Tuesday and is home against Mineola Friday.