|Sulphur Springs splits opening games at Wills Point Tournament|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Dec. 10, 2005 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats split their games during the opening day of the Wills Point Kiwanis Classic with a 57-37 loss to Princeton and a 61-35 win over the Wills Point junior varsity for their third win of the season.
The Wildcats are now 3-7 on the year and were scheduled to play the winner of the Forney-Community game at 10 a.m. this morning. With a win, they will play in the consolation championship at 3:30 p.m. With a loss, they are scheduled to play again at 3:30 p.m.
Carroll said today's action will be tough and he needs to see good play from all of the team.
"We have to go through the winner of Forney and Community and you can probably say that it is going to be Forney. We saw them at the Quinlan tournament and they are very patient on offense," the coach said.
"We have to have good play from Aaron Williams and Drew (Biggerstaff) and we need to get good help from our post players in Jose (Vargas) and Jeff (Kramer), who are splitting time right now. If they both play well we should be OK."
Princeton 57, SSHS 37
A slow first quarter start put the Wildcats in a 12-0 deficit with 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter and Sulphur Springs could never make a game out of it with the Princeton Panthers.
"We started off slow and didn't play as well as we can or need to. They shot the ball pretty well and it just didn't end up in our favor," said SSHS coach Jeff Carroll.
The Wildcats made only 6-of-15 shots from the field in the first half against Princeton and did not take a single free throw as they were down 25-13 at the intermission.
Junior Chris Young was able to get Sulphur Springs to within 12 points at 38-26 with under a minute remaining in the third quarter on a bucket as he scored seven of his 12 points in the quarter. He also had two rebounds, two steals and one assist in the game.
Carroll said sophomore Day Day Porter played one of his best games of the year for the Wildcats.
"I thought Day Day played very, very, very well and Day Day continues to get better every day. As a sophomore, he just doesn't look like a sophomore anymore," Carroll said. "He is playing really well right now."
Porter finished the game with a team-high 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 at the free throw line with six boards and one steal.
Princeton had four players in double figures as Robert Erger had a game-high 14 points, Milos Lopicic had 13, and Blake Ivy and Chase Spriuell had 11 points each.
Sulphur Springs 61, Wills Point JV 35
In the consolation round of the tournament, the Wildcats had 12 of their 13 players score in the game, led by Porter with eight points and Young and Josh Danzer with seven points each.
"I think it was a tough situation for those guys because they were in a situation where it basically was a no-win situation," the coach said. "I thought they handled it well and with class, which is most important for me."
With 4:20 remaining in the first quarter, the Wildcats went on a 10-0 run behind five points from Young to turn a 6-5 deficit into a 15-6 lead.
Sulphur Springs came out in the second quarter with another big scoring run as this time it was an 11-0 run to take a 32-12 lead with 3:15 remaining on a basket by Colby Strain off the assist from Danzer.
Carroll praised the play of juniors Bradley Washington and Damon Nash and senior Marc Crook.
"I thought we had a bunch of guys play well in Bradley, Damon and Marc. They got in the game and played some good defense, and a lot of the guys played well in a tough situation," he said.
Washington scored six points with four boards and two steals, Nash had four points, and Crook finished with two boards and one steal.
Sulphur Springs out-rebounded Wills Point 45-23, had more steals 21-13, and more assists 10-4 in the contest.
Wills Point was led in scoring by Kyle Weaver and Gus Smith with 10 points each.