This is the icing on the cake.
Just making the playoffs is a huge accomplishment according to Sulphur Springs head basketball coach Braughn Curtis.
Curtis recalls how the team went from a 1-9 finish in 2008 to 7-5 third place in District 13-4A and a playoff berth all within the span of one season.
Sulphur Springs had not made the playoffs since 2002. Earning a postseason ticket has caused excitement around the campus. The Wildcats (13-15) will take on District 14-4A runner-up Jacksonville (13-11) in Floyd Wagstaff Gym today at 6 p.m. in the bi-district playoffs. The gym is expected to be packed, a doubleheader is planned with Lindale vs. Longview as the late game on the schedule.
Sulphur Springs is coming off a 77-74 warm-up win over John Tyler.
Curtis chose John Tyler because they have many of the traits of the quick, athletic Jacksonville team.
“We had really good energy against John Tyler. We played very good defense for most of the game,” Curtis said. “We did a good job managing the clock and getting easy buckets from our traps and deflections.”
Jacksonville features a lineup which will include softpaw guard/wing, Ryan Black with rebound help from Chris Williams and Traderron Moreland. Kedrick Hatton and Duke Hamilton are quick, penetrating players in the back court.
Probable starters for the Wildcats include:
Tyrik Rollison, 6-2, senior, guard
Anthony Mills, 5-10, senior, forward
Joey Davis, 6-0, junior, guard
Colton Nash, 6-7, senior, center
Jonathan Lee, 6-0, senior, forward
For the year, the Wildcats are scoring 51.7 points per game, allowing 59.2.
Top scorers include: Nash, 11.9 points a game Lee, 11.6; Davis, 9.7; Alvin Frazier, 6.5; Dial, 6.5; Rollison, 6.2 and Gage Williams, 5.2.
The team has pulled down 846 rebounds or an average of 31 per game. Top man on the boards is Nash with 8.9 a game while Dial is getting 7.1 and Lee, 6.1.
“It comes down to making plays and taking care of the ball,” Curtis said. “When we are playing hard and doing the little things we are hard to beat.”
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