|Wildcats still winless in district play|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Jan. 22, 2005 - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats are on a six-game losing streak.
Behind a game-high 19 points and 12 rebounds from Greenville's Justin Wilkerson, the Greenville Lions (17-5 overall, and 3-0 in district play) handed Sulphur Springs its third district loss of the season in a 64-44 thumping Friday night at Wildcat Gymnasium.
"I was proud of them for not giving up when we were down," SSHS head coach Steve Glover said. "I think one positive thing to say is that we played them even in the second half, which was a good thing for us since we were down by 20 at the half, 36-16, and lost by 20."
The Wildcats are now 7-15 on the year and will play Texas High Tuesday night in Texarkana. Tipoff for the contest is set for 7:30 p.m.
"We have got to stop giving up our runs and we have got to work harder on the offensive end to get better shots," Glover said. "We need to get back on defense better and the third thing against T-High is that we have got to handle their pressure because they are going to trap us and press us, and we can't have 16 turnovers and win Tuesday night."
After a rebound jumper by senior Keenan Clayton gave Sulphur Springs a 6-1 lead, Greenville went on a 17-0 run over a 4:30 span and was leading 18-6 with one minute remaining and led for the rest of the game.
Wilkerson, a Texas Tech signee, scored six points in the first quarter and after a timeout by the Wildcats capitalized on an old fashion 3-point play during the run for a 14-6 lead.
"The runs have hurt us in every district game so far starting in the fourth quarter of the Paris game, late second and third quarter against Mount Pleasant, and it hurt us during the second and third quarter tonight," the coach said.
After back-to-back double-doubles in the previous two district contest, senior Rolaundo Wright was playing with a injured ankle and finished with four points on two-of-six shooting and six rebounds.
Greenville continued their hot shooting at the start of the third quarter coming up with an 11-0 run for a 47-18 lead with 5:08 remaining when Adam Marcum scored on a fast-break lay-up.
"One of the big areas with Greenville this year is that they have some guys around Wilkerson that can make things happen," Glover said. "All of their guys are good role players and they can do some things well, and they play hard, and they played good defense on us."
Sulphur Springs shot 28.5 percent (18-of-63), compared to 42.6 percent (26-of-61) for Greenville, were out-rebounded 35-31, and committed two more turnovers (16-14) on the night.
"We didn't shoot very well but overall it came down to executing and we had too many turnovers. Sixteen is too many turnovers because that is 16 opportunities were we don't have a chance to score and that is how runs occur," Glover said.
Derek Dickson led the way for the Wildcats with nine points, coming off of the bench, and Tremayne Jones scored eight points and had five rebounds in the game.
Greenville had three players in double figures along with Wilkerson as Chad Robinson, Marcum, and D.C. Gray all scored 10 points. Shane Henderson had six points, five assists and four rebounds for the Lions.
Greenville 54, Sulphur Springs 23
A 19-1 third quarter run for the Greenville Lions was all they needed against Sulphur Springs.
Raymond Payton had a game-high 18 points for the Lions and teammate Kaleb Henderson pitched in eight points.
Drew Biggerstaff was the only double-figure scorer for the Wildcats with 10 points.
Greenville 17 9 19 9 - 54
Sulphur Springs 6 4 1 17 - 23
Greenville - Kaleb Henderson 8, D.J. Bridges 4, Raymond Payton 18, Efrain Medrano 4, Romano Dillard 6, Derick Self 4, Clayton Brookins 2, Byron Bell 6.
Sulphur Springs - Drew Biggerstaff 10, Aaron Williams 5, Ryan Gipson 3, Colby Strain 3, Ricky Willis 1, Demarcus Johnson 1.
Sulphur Springs 43, Greenville 25
The Wildcats picked up their first district win of the season in the first game of the evening.
Sulphur Springs opened up the first quarter with a 18-1 lead and never looked back as three players scored in double figures.
Darius Porter had a game-high 13 points, and teammates Andrew Panter and Dalton Abner scored 10 points each in the win.
Logan Sharkey led the Lions with 10 points in the game.
Greenville 1 9 8 12 - 25
Sulphur Springs 18 8 10 12 - 43
Greenville - Chase Flanigan 3, Lagarin Savage 2, Trey Sonnells 3, Ja'Michael Bailey 1, Logan Sharkey 10, Nelson 2, Hamilton 2, Brollins 2.
Sulphur Springs - Andrew Panter 10, Darius Porter 13, Kaylon Page 4, Savion Thomas 6, Dalton Abner 10.