The Sulphur Springs Wildcats kept the hungry Texas High Tigers at bay Tuesday night taking a 45-38 win in a game dominated by defense.Sulphur Springs was fortunate to come out with the win, not many teams can get outscored 19-14 in a half and still register a win. But the Wildcats did win and the scrappy “W” will look good in the District 13-4A standings as they slip about the .500 mark to 5-4. The Tigers fall to 2-7 in loop action.
“We are not taking care of the ball very well in transition, we are getting a little too out of control and trying to make too many spectacular plays instead of focusing on making the easy routine play. On the other hand we are playing great defense,” said SSHS head boys basketball coach Braughn Curtis.
To show you how much defense dominated the game, only one person, per team, managed to get in double figures. For the homestanding Wildcats it was Jonathan Lee with 13; Alvin Frazier turned in nine points while Colton Nash had 12 rebounds and six points.
The Tigers got 12 points from David Boone, 10 of his points coming in the first half.
Texas High was ice cold to begin the game, missing their first eight shots. Sulphur Springs on the other hand, pumped in buckets by Lee inside while Joey Davis popped the net on a smooth 3-pointer and Frazier scored on a driving floater. The Wildcats were up 12-0 after four minutes and appeared in control of the game.
Texas High took advantage of several Sulphur Springs turnovers scoring buckets by Willie McClure and Tolliver to reduce the Wildcats' lead to 16-9 as the first period ended.'
The Tigers continued to put a spirited run together with Boone hitting several big shots while driving the lane. The Wildcats saw their lead shrink to three points, 20-17 and guard Tyrik Rollison had to go to the bench in early foul trouble.
Nash responded to rule the lane with a bucket and several key rebounds. Lee picked up the scoring slack for Sulphur Springs with back-to-back scores from short range jumpers.The Wildcats were up 24-17 when they called a time out at the 3:10 mark to plan their first half stretch run.
Sulphur Springs went on a 7-2 burst leading into the half to go up 31-19 at intermission, Key buckets in that stretch came from Nash and Lee. A charging call on Texas High and a traveling violation added to the Wildcats' cause as they closed out the second quarter gaining momentum to go with their lead of a dozen points.
Statistics from the first half reveal that the visiting Tigers managed to shoot just 22 percent from the field. Sulphur Springs had dominated the boards getting 17 rebounds in the first two quarters. The visitors had 10 turnovers in the first half compared to 12 for the Wildcats.
The second half was not a scoring clinic for either team. The Tigers out-scored the Wildcats 13-7 in the third period. Outside shots by Rollison and Frazier coupled with inside scoring from Nash and Dial were enough for Sulphur Springs to built a 38-25 lead heading into the final period.
The Wildcats continued to run the clock when they could, but Texas High went to a trapping defense and got several turnovers which led to points. The Tigers opened the final frame with a 6-0 scoring run to make it a 38-31 game with 6:03 left in the contest.
Mills drove the hoop for a quick bucket. Nash scored in the low post for the Wildcats as they extended their lead to 44-37 in the final two minutes. Sulphur Springs missed chances to put the game on ice with free throws off the mark by Dial and Rollison, The Wildcats limited the scoring chances by the Tigers and held on to take the 45-38 victory.
Sulphur Springs stayed in the playoff hunt with the win. The Wildcats and Lady Cats are both open Friday.
The next boys game is at Mount Pleasant on Feb. 10.
Texas High 9-10-6-13-38
Sulphur Springs 16-15-7-7-45
Sulphur Springs - Bryant Jackson 2, Tyrik Rollison 3, Alvin Frazier 9, Joey Davis 6, Colton Nash 6, Kedrick Dial 6, Jonathan Lee 13.
3-point goals- Frazier.
Texas High- Kentrell Manning 2, Matt Lux 8, Chris Garrett 2, Peyton Tolliver 9, David Boone 12, Lexi Saxby 1, Cobi Hamilton 2, Greg Pollins 2.
3-point goals- Tolliver
Junior varsity game
Texas High 71, Sulphur Springs 39
Sulphur Springs - Kadarian Wright 8, Jaquavian Willis 5, Kwame Goodson 4, Jacobs 4, George Green 10, Smith 2, Jordan Lee 6.
Texas High 70, Sulphur Springs 33
Sulphur Springs - Cody Clayton 7, Tevin Norris 14, Calise Frazier 2, Jordan Perry 3, K.J. Taylor 1, Erick Simmons 7.
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