Tom Bean Athletics


Tomcats Victorious in Highway 11 Showdown


Athletic Staff | 1/24/2024

No matter what the playing field is, the highly anticipated Highway 11 Showdown lived up to its reputation as an exhilarating night of basketball, featuring intense matchups between Whitewright and Tom Bean. From a nail-biting JV boys game that ended in a dramatic tie to the impressive performances of the varsity teams, the evening was a rollercoaster of emotions for fans and players alike.

For the Tomcats, the night kicked off with the JV boys game. A back-and-forth battle that kept spectators on the edge of their seats. Down the stretch, Ethan Buliani and Andrew Secreto would lead the Tomcats with poise to make some clutch shots. However, Whitewright managed to hit a buzzer-beater to tie the game and send it into overtime. Overtime proved to be just as thrilling, but as the final buzzer sounded, the teams ultimately ended in a 33-33 tie. The display of skill and determination from the young players set the stage for the excitement that would follow.

After a big, must-win game for the Lady Cats, the varsity boys game followed a similar script to the previous matchups in the night. The Tigers struck first, but the Tomcats quickly found their rhythm. The first half saw multiple lead changes, showcasing the determination of both teams to secure the win. Throughout the second and third quarters, the Tomcats would get marginal leads but the Tigers continued to answer the call. However, in the fourth quarter, the Tomcats unleashed their full potential and dominated the game. Dyson Farris led the charge with 14 points and 5 rebounds, supported by multiple Tomcats, who made significant contributions to secure the victory.

As the dust settles from the Highway 11 Showdown, attention turns to the upcoming matchup on January 26, where the Tomcats will travel to Sam Rayburn for another thrilling encounter. The JV boys will start the night at 5:00 pm, followed by the varsity girls at 6:15 pm, and then the varsity boys will play at 7:30 pm.