WHITEWRIGHT — As the Tigers closed out the first quarter on a monster run to take control of a key District 11-2A match-up against Callisburg on Friday night, Whitewright put itself in position to control its destiny for a top playoff seed as the rest of the schedule plays out.

WHITEWRIGHT — As the Tigers closed out the first quarter on a monster run to take control of a key District 11-2A match-up against Callisburg on Friday night, Whitewright put itself in position to control its destiny for a top playoff seed as the rest of the schedule plays out.


"Our district is definitely wide open," Tigers head coach Brian Blackburn said. "Every night it’s a tough game whether on the road or at home. A big shakeup could happen in the second half."


With the first half about to come to an end, the Tigers got 22 points apiece from Mason Riggins and Desmond McNiel for a 64-18 victory against Callisburg.


Both teams entered the game tied with Tom Bean for second place and just a game ahead of fifth-place Pottsboro. The Tigers (12-8, 4-1) remain in possession of the second seed right now by virtue of their win over the Tomcats.


"The guys do a great job of preparing," Blackburn said. "There’s a lot of things we can’t control but we can control how hard we work."


The Tigers were coming off a loss after a first-place showdown against defending district champ Whitesboro and coming out flat was a possibility. Callisburg (11-6, 3-2) has already tripled its district win total from last season and ready to fight for one of the four playoff slots.


Riggins, who also finished with 12 rebounds, had 12 points in the first eight minutes and McNiel hit back to-back 3 pointers in the middle of the frame as Whitewright led 20-2.


Riggins did most of his work — 17 points and eight boards — in the first half as the Tigers took a 30-9 lead at the break.


"He’s becoming a player that’s getting to the point where the hard work is paying off," Blackburn said. "The other guys feed off that."


Jacob King, who joined Mason Langthorn with a team-high seven points, had Callisburg’s only basket of the first quarter that made the score 5-2. The Tigers finished on the 15-0 run and the Wildcats ended it with the first field goal of the second quarter.


Avery Dodson hit the first of his three 3-pointers en route to 11 points late in the stanza around a pair of King shots.


While Whitewright was a little more deliberate in its tempo after the first-quarter outburst and the offense stagnated a bit until late in the third quarter, the Tigers made up for it on the defensive end.


"Being the best we can each possession, with that attitude we weren’t going to lose our edge," Blackburn said.


Callisburg had just one basket in the second half — a lay-up by Langthorn with 1:02 left in the third. All of the Wildcats’ seven other second-half points came from the line.