Wildcats let game get away from them

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 7, 2007 - WILLS POINT - The Sulphur Springs Wildcats came out of the opening round of the Wills Point Kiwanis Tournament with their worst loss of the season in a 65-49 defeat at the hands of the Trinity Christian-Addison Trojans Thursday afternoon.

With the Wildcats up 12-11 at the end of the first quarter, Sulphur Springs (8-2) shot 6-of-13 from the field and were outscored 26-14 in the second quarter for a 37-26 deficit at the half.

SSHS shot 20-of-47 from the field for 42 percent in the game and committed 22 turnovers, with 15 coming in the first half. TCA meanwhile, shot 26-of-53 (49 percent) from the field and had more steals than SSHS (16-6).

"We didn't play at all tonight. We got in there and got guys in foul trouble early that shouldn't be in foul trouble," said SSHS head coach Braughn Curtis. "We didn't come ready to play and we gave up easy buckets and didn't make them work for it.

"We turned it over to them and gave them opportunities without any pressure on them and they are going to hit more shots. If you don't have a guy in their face or any pressure on you then you will have more options to hit better shots. We weren't smart with the ball and were just giving them the ball."

Wildcats junior post Colton Nash had a near double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Dequalin "Boo" Evans finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Jonathan Lee added 10 points and four rebounds, and Kedrick Dial had eight points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist.

For Trinity Christian, Dane Wamstad had a game-high 15 points and four rebounds, while Preston Branson added 14 points and two assists. Matt Green has 12 points and two rebounds off of the bench.

SSHS started the game strong as it held an 8-4 lead midway through the first quarter on a jumper by Tyrick Rollison before the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game. TCA had a free throw and layup from Branson and a steal and layup from Clay Smiley to take a 9-8 lead with 1:15 remaining in the quarter.

In the second quarter, SSHS was able to cut the Trojans lead to nine, 35-26 on a bucket by Evans and an offensive putback from Dial, but TCA was able to take the momentum in the half as Kevin Price nailed two free throws for the double-digit halftime lead.

With the big lead at the half, the Trojans controlled the game in the second half as they outscored SSHS, 28-23, and never let the Wildcats get closer than 13 points the remainder of the game.

With the loss, the Wildcats were scheduled to play the loser of the Greenville-Ferris game at 11:30 a.m. today, and with a win they will play at 4:45 p.m. If the Wildcats lose, they will play at 6 p.m. today.

"We need to come ready to play with some energy," the coach said. "We need to find ways to cut down on our turnovers and we should be fine."

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