The Commerce High School varsity boys basketball team has clinched a playoff spot, after a victory over Tom Bean and subsequent loss by Farmersville High School.

The Tigers lost on Feb. 3 to Van Alstyne 67-49.

“There’s a reason they are the number one team in our district,” Head Coach Kirby Jackson said. “They’re really good. They shot the ball outstanding, and they made eight threes in the first half against us.”

On Feb. 6, the Tigers defeated Tom Bean 79-68 in a significant district matchup.

“That was a big game,” Jackson said. “The kids were ready to play, and the fans packed the house here. We really appreciate the fan support. It gave the kids a boost.”

On Feb. 7, the junior varsity team won the district tournament in Tom Bean, beating the host school.

“We’re trying to build an entire program here,” Jackson said. “It was a really good win. Our freshmen actually placed second in the tournament as well. Coach Anthony Henry and Coach Geary Walker have done an outstanding job of coaching these young men. We’re going to have a winning record at all three levels.”

Commerce fell to district foe Whitewright High School 59-37 on Feb. 10. Their combination of great inside offense, led by center Mason Riggins with 25 points, and outside shooting defeated the Tigers.

“Riggins is probably the best big man in 3A,” Jackson said. “It’s tough when you have the big kid and they shoot the ball well. Malcolm Fragosa was able to play his first game for us this season, after being out with an injury all year. He scored nine points, and it’s good for him to be able to come back. He’s worked very hard, and his teammates were really excited for him to play.”

The Tigers will finish their season on Feb. 13 against Farmersville and Feb. 17 against Leonard.

“We need to win one of those two to secure third place [in district],” Jackson said. “We want to win both of them. Farmersville is a big game personally, because I’m going back to a school I used to coach at, but it’s also a big game because it’s a rival. Leonard will be an important game as well, because it’s senior night. We have nine seniors on the team, and it’s a chance to showcase them and tell them congratulations and thank you for being a part of Commerce athletics.”

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