Wildcats come out on top after two overtimes
Tyler Clifton | News-Telegram Sports Writer

January 24, 2004 -- Rolaundo Wright was shooting threes during Friday morning's shoot-around, but he might stay away from the arch for awhile after his performance inside against Sherman.

Wright and Jeremy White put on a show for the fans, who got their money's worth and more, but it took a total team effort for the Wildcats to take an 89-87 double-overtime win over SHS.

Wright grabbed 21 rebounds to go along with his 11 points, while White had a game-high 36 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Ryan Allison had 16 points and 10 boards, while Tyler Thomas added 13 points and seven assists.

It was the first home win of the season for SSHS (9-14, 2-1 District 11-4A), one it needed to take in order to keep the momentum going after Tuesday's road win at Denison. The Wildcats shot only 37 percent from the floor but outrebounded the Bearcats 59-33, held them to eight points in the third quarter and committed only 12 turnovers. The Wildcats helped their cause by shooting 10-of-12 at the free throw line in the second overtime.

"We made the adjustments offensively and tried to create some things to get the kids some confidence," SSHS head coach Steve Glover said. "We didn't change anything coming into the second half, we just played better defense, blocked out and took control in the third quarter."

Sherman tied the game 69-69 with 9.6 seconds left in regulation on two Trey Carter free throws, and the fun began from there. Zach Seifert's layup helped give the Bearcats the first five points of overtime, but SSHS used a Tremayne Jones free throw and White's 3-point play and 3-pointer to take a 76-74 lead. Geoffrey Cooper tied the game, and the teams exchanged free throws in the final minute to force another overtime.

Allison and Cooper traded layups to start the second OT, but the Wildcats began to pull away late. Everett Washington and Allison went a perfect 4-for-4 at the line for an 85-80 lead with 1:17 left in the game. Already in foul trouble, and knowing it was a two-possession game, SSHS didn't want to stop the clock, and Sherman sophomore point guard Camrin McKee scored twice to bring the Bearcats within 87-85 with 18 seconds left. Washington hit 3-of-4 free throws down the stretch for the win. The Wildcats didn't reach their goal of 70 percent, but their free throw percentage increased for the second straight game to 68 percent (27-of-40). Sherman was 23-of-35 (66 percent).

Thomas opened the game with a 3-pointer and combined with White for the Wildcats' first 10 points, while five different Sherman players scored layups for an 11-10 lead. The Bearcats went on an 8-2 run keyed by McKee's layup and 3-pointer after breaking loose from an SSHS defender.

White took over the second quarter, scoring 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, yet the closest the Wildcats could get was 38-35 on an Allison basket. Josh Riley's layup with 18 seconds left in the half drew SSHS within 41-37 at the break. The 41 points were more than the Wildcats gave up the entire game at Denison.

"I talked to the guys at the half about not playing good defense and allowing more points than we did our entire last game," Glover said. "We stepped it up a notch defensively when we needed it."

Carter hit two free throws to begin the third quarter, but SSHS went on an 11-0 run keyed by a putback basket by Wright, a White layup and an Allison 3-pointer to take a 48-45 lead with 3:33 left in the quarter.

Another Wright putback along with a Jonathan Lindley layup increased the lead to five, before Cooper cut the Sherman deficit to 52-49 after three. The Wildcat defense held SHS to 2-of-15 shooting in the quarter (13 percent), including 0-for-4 from 3-point range. Wright also had 10 of his 21 rebounds in the quarter, six of them on the offensive boards.

"Coach talked to me before the game about being more physical," Wright said. "He gave us a pep talk and told us it was important to rebound and keep the pressure on them.

"This was our biggest crowd of the year, and it was such an exciting game. Coach prepared us well and had a solid game plan. It feels good to come out of this with a win and keep our momentum going into next week."

Glover said he was proud of the team for sticking together.

"It was a fun night, and the I knew the kids had it in them. They're starting to come around and believe it too," he said.

"We had a great crowd, and the support is appreciated. It was such a great high school basketball game to watch, and Sherman played well. They're a good team, and there's a reason they came in here 2-0. "

Cooper led the Bearcats (10-13, 2-1) with 22 points and seven rebounds. McKee had 21 points, Carter had 11 points and seven rebounds while Oestreich added five boards. Sherman shot 42 percent (30-of-72) from the floor and had 19 turnovers.

Sherman JV 71, SSHS 45

Sherman took a 21-10 first-quarter lead and increased it to 42-23 at the half and 56-32 after three quarters.

Tallan Askew scored 12 points, Jon Gammill 11 and Derek Dickson 10 to lead the Wildcats (12-6, 1-2).

Sherman 21 21 14 15 --71

Sulphur Springs 10 13 9 13 --45

SHERMAN -- Brian Baldwin 15, Erik Kennedy 13, C.J. Morrison 12, Josh Seifert 10, Orvie Cantrell III 9, Terran Ballard 4, Ryan Wright 4, Marcus Beamon 2, Derrick Shich 2.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Tallan Askew 12, Jon Gammill 11, Derek Dickson 10, Jay Pope 4, Jose Vargas 4, Mike Kendrik 2, Brandon Clayton 1, Keelan Green 1.

Sherman freshmen 43, SSHS 36

Traceton Clark scored 15 points, and Jeff Ellis added 10 to lead Sherman past the Wildcats.

Stephan Petty led SSHS (8-9, 1-2) with 14 points.

Sherman 8 13 13 9 --43

Sulphur Springs 4 13 5 14 --36

SHERMAN -- Traceton Clark 15, Jeff Ellis 10, Michael Brooks 6, Camden Barnes 5, Jeremiah James 5, Damien Phelps 2.

SULPHUR SPRINGS -- Stephan Petty 14, Drew Biggerstaff 7, J.R. Harrison 5, Ricky Willis 5, Aaron Williams 3, DeMarcus Johnson 2.

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