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SS boys drop hoop playoff game

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    Two bad quarters doomed the Sulphur Springs Wildcats as they fell 53-40 to Wylie Tuesday in boys Class 4A bi-district basketball playoff action at Rockwall-Heath High School.

    The Wildcats, making their first playoff appearance in five years, fell behind turning in a poor quarter to start the game. After the opening period, the Wildcats were on the short end of a 17-5 score.
    Then like turning on a switch, Sulphur Springs found their shooting touch and played a much-improved second period. The Wildcats went on a 16-8 run in the second frame. At the half, the game was still up for grabs, Wylie holding a 25-21 lead.
    The third period was also good for the Cats as they outscored the Pirates by a 14-12 margin. The fourth began with the contest undecided, the Pirates clinging by their fingertips to a 37-35 lead.
    Then disaster struck for the Wildcats, when they needed a bucket the most, they could not get one. Sulphur Springs was outgunned 16-5 down the stretch and lost the game by a 13-point margin 53-40 which does not accurately reflect the closeness of the contest.
    The Wildcats were led by Jaylon Dugan’s 11 points, which included three 3-pointers.
    "I am very proud of the way we played, we kept battling," said Jeremy Josey Sulphur Springs head boys basketball coach. "We had a good effort. We just had a bad quarter, then we fell behind. Late in the game we had to take some shots that we missed and they pulled away. We were forcing up the shots and Wylie got the rebounds."
    After a see-saw first half, the second half began with the game still hanging in the balance.
    The third period began with Sulphur Springs within striking distance, just trailing 25-21.
    Late in the period, the Wildcats went up 35-33 following a pair of Lacy free throws. Strickland and Maddox both scored for Wylie with driving buckets down the lane. The Pirates were up 37-35. Lacy got a key rebound and Jaylon Dugan blocked a shot for Sulphur Springs, but the Wildcats were having trouble scoring. Darian Dial-Hall missed two free throws. Dugan had a three-point try go in and bounce out late in the period. The third period began with Wylie up by a 37-35 score.
    The fourth period was opened with Onyemaechi scoring for Wylie. Lacy answered with a trick play off sorts. With Pirates all  guarding the Wildcats, Lacy bounced the ball off the back of a defender near the baseline on an in-bounds play, grabbed the loose ball and scored on a layup. Sulphur Springs was up 39-37 with 6:13 left on the game clock. Then Wylie went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes. Points coming by Maddox and Varmall. Sulphur Springs called a time out at the 3:03 mark down 46-38. Sulphur Springs tried a variety of shots, mostly from long range, none would fall. The Wildcats lost by the final of 53-40.
    The season is over for the 17-13 Wildcats, having finished second in district and earning their first playoff berth since the 2008-09 season.
    It was the last game in a Wildcat basketball uniform for seniors - Lacy, Dial-Hall, Johnny Morgan and Ross.
    "We made it to the playoffs and lost to a good team," Josey said. "You could tell Wylie is a team which goes to the playoffs year after year. I thought overall we played well at times, but credit to Wylie for defending in the fourth quarter and forcing us to take some bad shots. We are proud of the strides our basketball program has made this season. It was a good experiences. I really appreciate what this group of seniors has done to turn the program around. I think we are heading in the right direction."

Wylie 53, Sulphur Springs 40
Class 4A Bi-district playoffs
Wylie        17  8  12  16  -53
Sulphur Springs  5  16  14  5  -40
Wylie - Calvin Onyemaechi 2, David Strickland 13, Travonta Maddox 13, Noah Whitworth 2, Myron Varmall 10, Alex Dervisevic 9, K.T. Cox 2, Nathan Hartsuck 2.
Sulphur Springs - Isaiah Lacy 9, Darian Dial-Hall 4, Jaylon Dugan 11, Larry Pryor 2, Cain Cody 8, Javaron Ross 5.




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