Josh Brame and Derek Orchard absolutely dominated the game when the Couch Indians needed them to the most against the Houston Tigers.
Brame racked up 13 points in the third period, while Orchard knocked down 10, accounting for all 23 of Couch's points in the stanza.
However, the Tigers managed to withstand the one-two punch of Brame/Orchard long enough to slide by Couch 66-60 in the consolation round of the 2010 Cabool Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 28.
The 12th-seeded Indians were down by a pair at intermission, 30-28, after trailing for the entire first half.
But Derek Orchard (26 points) gave the Indians their first lead of the morning with a trey to open the third period.
Brame (15 points) then followed with back-to-back long-range bombs, giving Couch a four-point lead, its biggest of the game.
Houston kept fighting back and despite the combined 23 points Brame and Orchard racked up in the third, the Tigers stood in front 54-51 after three.
The contest was squared three times in the final period, the last coming at 58-all on a layup by Quaid Turner (eight points).
The Tigers climbed on top 61-58, but a pair of charity tosses by Orchard pulled Couch within one, down 61-60 with a shade over a minute left.
That turned out to be the last points the Indians would post in the game.
Corey Sheets hit a layup, Curry Van Horn hit two free throws, while Weston Walker added one, helping the Tigers close the game on a 5-0 run to stop a valiant comeback effort from the hard-charging Indians.
Houston led the duration of the first half, by as many as 12 points.
With Couch down 12-4 in the first period, Dusty Chester (seven points) knocked down back-to-back hoops to keep the Indians close.
Orchard drilled a triple near the end of the first, but Houston held a 21-16 lead after one.
The Tigers extended this cushion to 28-16 before Couch rallied in the second period.
Jesse Janes (four points) hit two straight hoops and jump-started a 12-zip run for the Indians that knotted the game at 28-all with 28 ticks left until the half.
Devin Coulter got free for a layup right before the buzzer that staked Houston to a 30-28 advantage at the half.
Then, despite the fireworks turned in by Brame and Orchard in the third, with the duo teaming up to drill five treys, the Tigers found a way to grab a three-point lead after three and end the game with a six-point victory over Couch.
In opening-round play on Dec. 27, Couch was topped 53-33 by the fifth-seeded Gainesville Bulldogs.