By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
HALLSVILLE — Sulphur Springs closed out District 16-5A play with a flourish - downing the Bobcats, 54-45.
Sulphur Springs (25-6, 10-2) ended the regular season on a positive note as they prepare for postseason competition. The 25 wins tie a school record.
It was important for the Wildcats to play well in their final district game to build momentum as they prepare to face North Forney in the bi-district round of postseason play, Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Lindale.
Against Hallsville - the Wildcats were able to focus on beating the Bulldogs and did so with balanced scoring.
Sophomore post player Victor Iwuakor had 18 points in the lane using his 6-7 frame to rule the paint.
The Wildcats got good outside scoring from Bryson Lynn with 17. Guard Keaston Willis added eight. Xavier Cork, Michael Jefferson had four each while Ke’Ontae Dunn scored three.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to represent our district in the playoffs,” said Clark Cipoletta, Wildcats head varsity basketball coach.
Cipoletta said, “This group of young men have worked extremely hard. I am blessed with the opportunity to coach such a group. We have come a long way, but we are not content with just making the playoffs. We want to make a run and continue playing.”
Also Tuesday night in Hallsville, the Wildcats won the junior varsity and freshmen basketball games.
The freshmen went to 17-8 for the year with a 62-56 win. Cameron Kahn scored 22, Kai Taylor 15; Campbell Cody 10 and Jace Evans, six points.
The Sulphur Springs JV won 66-55 with Somtochukwu Ezedinma scoring 32, Rodrickus Dunn added 13; Jeremiah Roland five, Terrell Turman four;Tiesan Goodson, Jaden Price three each; I’vyn Clayton, Seddric Berry, Jermond Bryant-Amos, two each.
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