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Wildcats clip Eagles; even record at 6-6

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    Sulphur Springs held off a late Lindale rally and took a 56-52 win over the Eagles in a tightly-contested game Friday at the Sulphur Springs High School gym.
    The last game before Christmas for the Wildcats was a tough battle where they not only had to use key buckets, but timely defense to down the well-schooled Lindale team.

    The win evens the record for Sulphur Springs at 6-6, Lindale falls to 8-6.
    "We made some shots late and did some things against Lindale to get the win. All the credit goes to the team, the kids played hard and had a good effort against a good Lindale team," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head basketball coach. "We spread the ball to bring them out of their match-up zone. That helped with some shots. We got some trash buckets. Lindale was using their dribble drive offense and it was effective, but we played good defense on them."
    The Wildcats got 13 points and six boards from Cain Cody at post. Nine of the points coming in the second half. Jaylon Dugan had 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Point guard Isaiah Lacy scored 12, six coming in each half.
    Court Brown had 15 points to pace the Eagles with Tavon Griffin adding 14.
    The teams played almost to a dead heat in the first half. The Wildcats held a slim 24-22 lead as action moved to final half where the game was determined.
    Sulphur Springs had their best quarter of the night in the third frame as they outscored the visitors 19-15 to get a leg up on the game. Here’s how it happened.
    Lindale took a momentary lead at 25-24 when Brown scored while getting fouled and finished the three-point play by sinking the following free throw. The Wildcats saw Brown get free for another score, this time in transition. Sulphur Springs called time out with 6:54 left in the period, trailing 27-24. The lead went to 29-24 when Brian Boaz broke free for a bucket in the lane and it appeared the Eagles were ready to soar. But not so fast. In the next 5:33 the hometown Cats got hot went on a 19-8 run.
    Dugan canned a trifecta from the corner and seconds later Cody followed suit and hit a triple off the wing and the Wildcats were up 30-29. Now it was Lindale calling time out, mainly to regroup with Sulphur Springs holding a 30-29 advantage with under five minutes remaining. Javaron Ross hit one of two shots from the charity stripe for the Wildcats. Lindale responded with good ball movement and Mason Terry was free for a drive to the goal for a bucket, making it a 31-29 game. The teams traded hoops with Dugan scoring from the outside and Boaz again slipping by defenders for a point blank shot in the lane. The Wildcat lead was down to 34-33 with three minutes to go in the frame. DeAndre Wright was left all alone and thought about the shot, then cut loose a shot that swished the net to pad the Wildcats lead to 37-33. Lindale edged closer, making a pair of free throws. Cody did more damage, this time on a shot range baseline jumper off the glass. Derick Ingram was inserted for defense and provided offense with two free shots and the Wildcats went ahead 40-35. Griffin got a bucket for the Eagles, but the Wildcats got another close range shot by Cody to counter. The eventful third period ended with Sulphur Springs gaining momentum and holding a 45-37 lead.
    Junior Larry Pryor made his presence felt in the final period. The athletic 6-2 player followed a Lacy score with one of his own and with six minutes left, the home team had a 47-41 edge. Lindale would not surrender with Griffin scoring in the lane and then Boaz canned a 3-pointer off the wing. Sulphur Springs saw their lead shrink to a lone point, 47-46. Then Pryor blocked two shots as the Eagles tried to glide inside with no luck. Moments later Pryor, a quarterback during the football season, came up with a loose ball and rifled off a perfect pass to Cody for a score as the Wildcats edged ahead 49-48 with 2:09 left on the game clock.  The Wildcats then got a crafty score from an in-bounds play. Lacy saw no open teammate throwing the ball in under his own goal, so he improvised. Lacy lobbed the ball off the back of a player, got the loose ball and scored on a layup in the lane on the heads up play. The bucket gave Sulphur Springs a 51-49 lead. Brown had a late 3-pointer for Lindale to bring the team within 54-52. Dugan put the game on ice with free throws in the final seconds as the Wildcats won by the final of 56-52.
    The first quarter was a see-saw affair as the teams looked to find their range on their shots. The Eagles went up 6-1, but Sulphur Springs got a pair of buckets by Cody to make it an 8-7 game. Dugan scored five points in less that 40 seconds, first hitting off the wing, then connecting from 3-point late. The first quarter ended as it had begun, tied, both teams registering a dozen points.
    Lacy and Dugan both hit 3-pointers in the second period. But Lindale responded with points from Mason Terry, Boaz and Griffin. The Wildcats had to settle for the one bucket lead, 24-22 at intermission.
    Sulphur Springs outscored the Eagles 32-30 in the second half. The Wildcats were happy to end the contest with their second win of the week.
    "This was a good win for us and it shows we can handle different types of teams," Josey said. "We were attacking their zone. We shot 30 percent on 3-pointers in the first half. We executed well, spread the floor against them. Lindale is very disciplined, you can tell they have their guys year around in basketball. But we got this win after we had beaten a Paris team, which plays a completely different style. That's good and I am very proud of our effort."
Sulphur Springs 56, Lindale 52 (varsity)
Lindale             12   10  15   15   -52
Sulphur Springs   12  12  19  13  -56
Lindale - Laettner Greenhill 2, Mason Terry 4, Garrett Sir Louis 7, Brian Boaz 7, Tavon Griffin 14, Jacob Capo 3, Court Brown 15
Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 10, Darian Dial-Hall 7, Jaylon Dugan 12, Derick Ingram 5, DeAndre Wright 2, Javaron Ross 5, Larry Pryor 2, Cain Cody 13
Lindale 35, Sulphur Springs 34 (JV)
Zach Haywood 2, Keylon Hall 6, Matthew Malone 9, Garrett Jones 15, Derrick Weeks 2.
Lindale 53, Sulphur Springs 34 (freshmen)
Dylan Rogers 13, Tyrese Peters 11, Azar Myles 7, Willie Black 3.
Next up - Bridgeport Tournament, Dec. 27-28
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