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    The All Saints Trojans added another win on their impressive total, taking a 55-35 win over Sulphur Springs Friday at the SSHS gym.
    The Tyler TAPPS school, did not match their 84-point per game scoring average, but controlled the pace of the non-district match as they went to 22-2 for the season.

    Sulphur Springs got 12 points in the paint from post Cain Cody and 11 from the perimeter by point guard Isaiah Lacy. Lacy popped the net for three 3-pointers.
    The Trojans had three players in double digits. Guard Aston Francis has 13 points  with Jaired Maddox and Luke Lee scoring a dozen each.
    "We did not play with much energy. We really haven't since Christmas. We usually have more players step up, but All Saints had something to do with that," said Jeremy Josey, Sulphur Springs boys head basketball coach. "We made a run in the second period. Then later in the game we gambled and played sloppy. We made bad decisions and it hurt us. This loss brings us back to reality."
    The Wildcats won Tuesday at Spring Hill in overtime. But the loss to the Trojans drops their mark to 9-9. They are idle until Jan. 10, when they host Mount Pleasant to begin 14-4A competition.
    The game turned at intermission with the visitors going on a 24-10 in the final two quarters to seal the victory.
    The third period started with All Saints holding a 31-25 lead. The Wildcats drew close when Cody scored on a fast break bucket and Lacy made two charity shots. The Trojans responded with a driving bucket from Matt Brunson a 3-pointer by Lee. The All Saints lead was now 10, 39-29 with 3:02 remaining in the third. The Trojans started using reserve players to rest starters. Darian Dial-Hall scored in the low post on a nice pass from Lacy. All Saints got a 3-pointer from Maddox. Carpenter missed a pair of free shots late in the frame. Gill Clements scored on a baseline jumper to give the visitor at 44-31 lead as the third period ended.
    In the final period, All Saints closed out the game with an 11-4 run. The Trojans scored the first eight points of the final frame. Maddox and Francis pumped in four points each. Sulphur Springs snapped their scoring slump with a bucket from the wing by Jaylon Dugan. Brunson scored off an offensive rebound for the Trojans to make it a 54-33 game with 3:39 left. The Trojans won by the 20-point margin, 55-35.
    In the early going, the home team was trying to stay even. The teams traded hoops with the score tied at 5-all. Lee scored on a baseline short range bucket. Lacy got free for a layup. Moments later Lacy dished off to Cody in the low post for a layup and the Wildcats were up 9-5. All Saints answered with Francis scoring from the wing. Cody continued to find little resistance in the blocks as he added two more buckets. The game was tied at 13-all with less than two minutes on the clock for the opening frame. Then All Saints got four points from Lee inside and a fast break bucket by Maddox. The first quarter ended with the Trojans holding a 19-13 lead.
    The Trojans quickly padded their lead to 10 points, 23-13 in the early stages of the second period. Cody scored twice and Dillon Carpenter added points off the bench as the Wildcats were down 31-17. Lacy had two late 3-pointers and at the half, Sulphur Springs was on the short end of a 31-25 score.
    The second half was dominated by the visitors as they went on to win 55-35 in the non-district contest.
    "I thought All Saints did a good job on defense," Josey said. "We didn't match their energy, they were flying around. In the second half, just to get 10 points. That shows we did not execute our offense. That's something we are working on. We were inept on offense against All Saints. We usually play well at home, but not tonight. We just didn't get it going. We just have to chalk it up to experience and learn from the loss and get better next time. We need to play better than this in district."
    The Wildcats were without Larry Pryor. Pryor suffered a recent sprained ankle and was held out as a precaution.
    The Wildcats open district at home against Mount Pleasant, on Jan. 10. The Tigers are picked third in the preseason district predictions. Marshall and Texas High are slotted as the top two squads.
    All Saints 55, Sulphur Springs 35
    All Saints      19  12  13  11  -55
    Sulphur Springs  13  12  6  4  -35
    Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 11, Darian Dial-Hall 6, Johnny Morgan 2, DeAndre Wright 2, Cain Cody 12, Dillon Carpenter 2.
    All Saints - Aston Francis 13, Gill Clements 4, Matt Brunson 6, Clayton Smith 9, Jaired Maddox 12, Luke Lee 12.
    All Saints 65, Sulphur Springs 48 (JV)
    Sulphur Springs - Mason Buck 6, Zach Haywood 2, Bubba Hall 4, Garrett Jones 24, Derrick Weeks 8, Tyler Follis 2, Trenton Brock 2.
Next up - Sulphur Springs host Mount Pleasant, 9, JV, V, 5, 6:15, 7:30 p.m. district opener Friday, Jan. 10




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