|Mount Pleasant pulls away from Wildcats in second half|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 19, 2005 - MOUNT PLEASANT - Sulphur Springs Wildcats coach Steve Glover knew Tuesday night's game at Mount Pleasant would be a tough match-up - he just didn't expect the performance he got from his team.
Down by nine points at the half, 33-24, SSHS was outscored 17-8 in the third quarter and dropped their second District 12-4A contest of the year 64-44 at Tiger Gymnasium.
"I thought we played hard especially the first half and then gave them a run late in the second quarter," Glover said. "I thought we struggled on the offensive end against their zone most of the night, and I thought in the second half we didn't play so well."
In the first quarter of play, Sulphur Springs only shot three-of-14 from the field, but were still tied at 8-8 heading into the second period.
Mount Pleasant took the lead with 5:57 left in the second quarter when Kevin Cheatum nailed a free-throw for a 15-14 advantage, and the Tigers never relinquished it.
Cheatum then came back with a lay-up off an assist from Justin Peters on their next possession as the Tigers outscored the Wildcats 25-16 in the second quarter.
SSHS' Tremayne Jones scored seven of the team's eight points in the third quarter cutting the Mount Pleasant lead to 10 points at 40-30 on the old-fashioned 3-point play with 3:43 remaining.
Mount Pleasant went on a 10-0 run after the Jones basket to put the game out of reach for the remaining 11 minutes of play.
Senior Derek Dickson rounded out the scoring for Sulphur Springs with 1:10 remaining in the game nailing a 3-pointer as he came off the bench to go one-of-four from behind the arc.
SSHS senior Rolaundo Wright recorded his second straight double-double with 13 points on five-of-16 shooting from the field and 16 rebounds, 10 of which came on the offensive end.
"I thought Rolaundo fought real hard on the inside along with some others guys tonight," Glover said. "You pretty much know if Rolaundo is on his game that he is going to get a double-double almost every single night so that is something that we depend on and some other guys have been playing pretty consistent for us lately."
Jon Gammill chipped in 10 points for the Wildcats along with four rebounds and one steal ,and Jones finished with seven points and seven rebounds.
Mount Pleasant had four players in double figures as Peters led the way with 13 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals, and teammates Cheatum and Emerson Peoples scored 12 points in the game. Peoples had eight rebounds, two steals and one assists. Brandon Brannon was the final Tiger in double figures with 10 points.
Sulphur Springs is now 7-14 on the year and 0-2 in district and will look to pick up their first district win against the Greenville Lions Friday night. Tipoff for the varsity contest at Wildcat Gymnasium is set for 7:30 p.m.
"We need to focus on Greenville and what what they are going to try and do in the game," the coach said. "We need to figure out how to stop Justin Wilkerson as best as we can and some of the other key guys in their lineup, and they play a different style than the first two teams that we played in district."
MPHS 56, SSHS 36
The Wildcats could not get any offense going until the fourth quarter of play as they were outscored in every quarter Tuesday night.
Sulphur Springs is now 0-2 in district play.
Aaron Williams led the Wildcats with 13 points and Drew Biggerstaff chipped in 11 points in the loss.
The Tigers had a game-high 18 points from Brown, 15 points from Hurt, and 13 points from Minter.
Sulphur Springs 7 7 3 19 -36
Mount Pleasant 10 18 7 21 -56
Sulphur Springs - Drew Biggerstaff 11, Aaron Williams 13, J.R. Harrison 3, Brad Washington 1, Kyle Taylor 2, Ryan Gipson 6.
Mount Pleasant - Amerson 4, Rosewell 6, Brown 18, Hurt 15, Minter 13.
MPHS 58, SSHS 29
Down by only two points at the half, the Sulphur Springs Wildcats were outscored 42-14 in the second half of play as the Tigers won 58-29 Tuesday night.
Trenston Hill had a game-high 13 points for the Tigers and teammate Devon Patton chipped in 11 points.
Andrew Panter was the leading scorer for SSHS with 12 points in the loss.
Sulphur Springs 8 7 6 8 -29
Mount Pleasant 8 9 21 21 -58
Sulphur Springs - Andrew Panter 12, Darius Porter 5, Kaylon Page 4, Savion Thomas 6, Joseph McCann 2.
Mount Pleasant - Trenston Hill 13, Tryon Rodgers 7, Tye Lewis 7, Quetin Hoskins 14, Victor Dudley 2, Jamarious Reynolds 4, Devon Patton 11.