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Wildcats lose to Tigers in OT

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    D'Lance Sharp of Commerce was sharp when it counted, sinking a fastbreak bucket to power the Tigers to a 63-61 overtime win over Sulphur Springs Monday night.
    The crowd at the SSHS gym got to see bonus basketball with the teams tied at 56-all at the end of regulation.

    Darian Dial-Hall opened the four minute overtime stanza for Sulphur Springs with a bang, connecting on a 3-pointer. Sulphur Springs was up briefly 59-56, but the Tigers had a rally of their own. First, Sharp hit a floater in the lane to make the score, 59-58. Then Malcolm Fragosa connected with a 3-pointer and the visitors were up 61-59 halfway through the extra period. Wildcat post Cain Cody turned a miss into a bucket, grabbing a rebound and converting the shot to tie the contest at 61-all with 1:56 left.
    Commerce had chances to pad the lead, but Jayson Wilson missed two free throws. Sulphur Springs had to go to the bench with Isaiah Lacy and Derick Ingram both leaving temporarily with injuries. Dial-Hall was off target on an attempt for a 3-pointer, Commerce snatched the rebound, throwing a long pass to Sharp for a bucket which would turn out to be the game winner . Ingram had a late attempt, that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Commerce claimed the 63-61 victory.
    The game was a see-saw effort the entire night. Jaylon Dugan led the Wildcats with 14 points, including three 3-pointers. Lacy had 13 points. Dial-Hall has 12 and two long range bombs while Cody scored 12 in the paint.
    Fragosa was high point for Commerce with 17, including five 3-pointers. Trey Smith added 13 and Sharp contributed 11 points and one trey.
    "We are still trying out our lineup. We are using people who haven't played together and some who came up from the JV. To do all that and lose in overtime is a good effort for us," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. "I thought we came out a little lackadaisical and Commerce was ready to play. We're still taking baby steps with this team. We have to learn how to win games like this. A close, competitive game was good practice for us. Commerce has a good team."
    The Wildcats continued to use a mixture of players who have been in basketball practices and players coming over from football.
    In the first half, the visiting Tigers were able to build a 32-21 lead. Commerce ended the first half with a 13-2 scoring outburst to gain a large margin and momentum heading into the third period.
    Sulphur Springs fell behind by 14-points, with 6:41 left in the third period. Sulphur Springs then turned up their defense and also started making better passes as they went on a scoring run of their own. Hall hit a bucket. Moments later Ingram got a loose ball and passed to Cody for a nice assist in the low post. Lacy drew defenders to him with a drive, then dished off to a waiting Cody near the bucket for a layup. Lacy then threw to Dial-Hall for another score. Lacy kept dominating the action and drove for a nice bank shot off the window to cut the Commerce lead to 37-33. Sulphur Springs rebounded well and got turnovers off Commerce miscues. Lacy scored on a rebound in the lane, then picked the pocket of a Tiger player and took the ball coast-to-coast for another score. The game was tied at 37-all, the Commerce found their stride and scored the final four points in the period with one bucket each from Connor Ellis and Fragosa. The third period ended with the Tigers holding a 41-37 lead.
    The fourth period would continue to be very competitive with neither team able to get a lead more than five points. Commerce edged ahead 45-40 only to see Sulphur Springs respond with a Lacy to Cody pass for a bucket, closely followed by  3-pointer from the wing by Dugan. The game was tied at 45-all. Commerce got points from Sharp and Fragosa and were trying to pull away up 50-45. But the Sulphur Springs squad answered with a Larry Pryor shot inside off the glass. Then Commerce missed a free throw. The Wildcats grabbed the rebound and threw the ball to a waiting Dial-Hall who canned a 3-pointer much to the delight of the home fans. With 2:41 left in regulation, Commerce lost the lead as Lacy drove for a score and Dial-Hall scored from the wing. Sulphur Springs was up 54-50 with 1:11 remaining.
    Then Smith canned a close range shot and Dee Goodson converted two free throws. The game was tied again, this time at 54-all with 32.5 seconds left. Smith made two free throws with 9.8 seconds left to give the Tigers a 56-54 lead. Ingram was fouled late and made both of his shots from the charity stripe with and regulation ended with the squads tied at 56-all.
    Commerce out-scored Sulphur Springs 7 to 5 in the extra four minute frame to win the contest, 63-61. The win was the first of the year and gives Commerce a 1-0 record. Sulphur Springs slips to 1-1.
    The Wildcats play at Wills Point today, three games starting at 5 p.m.
Scoring box
    Commerce 63, Sulphur Springs 61
 (varsity) overtime
    Commerce      14  18  9  15  7  -63
    Sulphur Springs  9  12  16 19  5  -61
    Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 13, Darian Dial-Hall 12, Jaylon Dugan 14, Derick Ingram 2, Johnny Morgan 2, Larry Pryor 6, Cain Cody 12.
    Commerce - Jayson Wilson 9, D'Lance Sharp 11, Connor Ellis 4, Trey Smith 13, Malcolm Fragosa 17, Josiah Dennis 1, Dee Goodson 4, Zach Lucky 4.
    Sulphur Springs 47, Commerce 37 (Junior varsity)
    Mason Buck 7, Tyrese Peters 8, Zach Haywood 2, Hall 2, Matthew Malone 7, Tyrik Cork 2, Tyler Follis 9, Azar Myles 11.
    Next up - Sulphur Springs at Wills Point, Tuesday,  9, JV, V, 5, 6:30, 7:30 p.m.




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