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Wildcats third in consolation bracket

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    BRIDGEPORT — The Sulphur Springs Wildcats went 1-1 the final day of the Bridgeport Christmas Tournament, taking third place in the consolation bracket.
    Sulphur Springs lost the early game Saturday 60-44 to Wichita Falls Rider before winning 67-32 against Alvin.

    "We faced competition in the tournament. I think the consolation bracket had 16 teams, we had some positives from the experience," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. "We saw teams like we will see in district."
    The Wildcats, 8-8, had a hard time staying with the tall and explosive  Rider team.
    "They have some height, a guy 6-7 and other big players who bothered us," Josey said. "They were bigger than Paris. They used their strengths against us and we did not handle it well. We tried to press, but at times Rider would break it and go over us. That's when they opened up their lead."
    DeAndre Wright had top scoring honors with 9 points while Isaiah Lacy and Darian Dial-Hall scored 8 each.
    The Wildcats played much better against Alvin with nine players scoring. High point honors went to Dial-Hall with 20, Cain Cody added 12 as the only other Sulphur Springs play in double figures. The lone negative from the tournament was Larry Pryor suffering an ankle injury.
    "Alvin was more our size and we were hitting our shots," Josey said. "We were more focused and energized. We had a good effort and it showed. This was another positive game, when we get that many people involved it's good for the team.:
    Josey added, "Overall, the Bridgeport Tournament was good for us. We are starting to learn to play together. To be successful, we have to play together. We're 8-8 and soon we will be starting district."
    The Wildcats play at Longview Spring Hill Tuesday, junior varsity at noon, varsity at 1:30 p.m.
    Josey said, "Spring Hill is a solid program with good fundamentals. They are very disciplined. They're another team we are playing to get for district. Really we don't look at wins and losses in these non-district games. Our goal is just to keep improving and be better when district starts."  

Wichita Falls Riders 60, Sulphur Springs 44
boys varsity
Sulphur Springs   11  10  10  14  -44
WF Rider     15  16  13  16  -60
Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 8, Darian Dial-Hall 8, Jaylon Dugan 3, Derick Ingram 3, Andre Wright 9, Larry Pryor 5, Cain Cody  6, Javaron Ross 5,
Sulphur Springs 67, Alvin 32
boys varsity
Sulphur Springs   16  16  20  15   -67
Alvin       9  9  7  7  -32
Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 9, Darian Dial-Hall 20, Jaylon Dugan 7, Derick Ingram 1, Johnny Morgan 9, Dillon Carpenter 4, DeAndre Wright 2, Javaron Ross 5, Cain Cody 12.
Next up - Tuesday, Sulphur Springs at Longview Spring Hill, JV, noon; varsity, 1:30 p.m.




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