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Wildcats lose to JT in tourney play

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    ROYSE CITY — It was loss, but one the Wildcats can learn from later in the season.


    When Sulphur Springs looks back at the 67-55 defeat at the hands of John Tyler in the Royse City Tournament, they can think of it as a learning experience.
    Sulphur Springs was out-gunned by the Lions in Thursday tournament play, but they did not lose from a lack of effort.
    "We came out strong, then fell behind. But we came back and showed character to make it a pretty close game late," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach.
    Sulphur Springs had trouble penetrating the taller Lions defense, but bombed in 11 buckets from 3-pointer land to counter the problem.
    Jaylon Dugan had 19 points for top scoring honors for Sulphur Springs. Dugan ripped the nets on five 3-pointers. Point guard Isaiah Lacy was also in double figures at 10 with a pair of long distance bombs of his own.
    Darian Dial-Hall had seven points, one 3-pointer. Deandre Wright had six points from two trifectas. Derick Ingram had six, one 3-pointer. Larry Pryor scored four with Cain Cody and Javaron Ross contributing two points each.
    Four players, all 6-foot or taller, were in double figures for Tyler.  Jordan Caldwell, a 6-4 forward, led the way with 11. Keaunte Humber, Kevron Jackson and Darren Farmer tallied 10 points each.
    Josey continued, "John Tyler was not just big, they were huge. Their big guys are skilled and that hurt us some. They also played well together, they have been in a few more games than us. That makes a difference. We have guys still getting into shape. John Tyler is by far the best team we have faced this year. It did us good to go up against that intense competition. It was good experience for us, games like this get the team ready for district. We had a good effort against an impressive John Tyler team."
    Sulphur Springs exploded from the blocks for 17 points in the first quarter. Then John Tyler caught their stride to outscore the Wildcats 21-6 run in the second frame. At intermission JT held a 39-23 lead.
    John Tyler kept the upper hand pumping in 20 during the third frame while Sulphur Springs managed 10. The fourth quarter started with Sulphur Springs trailing 59-33.
    "We played well and started strong against John Tyler," Josey said. "Their size was a factor. They got too many second chance buckets. But we did the best we could and played hard with our size. John Tyler's size bothered us, but we did what we could. We battled them."
    Sulphur Springs is scheduled to continue in the Royse City Tournament through Saturday. But some games will be cancelled due to the weather conditions.
    "We are hoping to maybe play more games," Josey said. "Maybe we can get a couple games under our belt Saturday, if they cancel the games Friday. Right now we just don't know, but we would like to play."
    The Friday games were cancelled and neither Royse City or Sulphur Springs had classes.
    Sulphur Springs drops to 1-4 with the defeat. John Tyler is 4-4.

Freshmen Wildcats
lose at North Lamar
    PARIS - In recent freshmen boys basketball action, North Lamar took a 48-38 win over Sulphur Springs.
    Scorers for the Wildcats included: Azar Myles 10, Tyrese Peters 9, Josh Thompson 9, Dylan Rogers 5, Heston Golightly 3, Jackson Kinsey 2, Willie Black 2.
    The team will play Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Princeton.

 

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