Wildcats, at full strength, run away from Warriors

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 19, 2007 - SSHS head coach Braughn Curtis has stressed the importance of fast-paced action and strong defense for the start of the Wildcat basketball season.

In their first two games, he has seen both as Sulphur Springs (2-0) pulled out a 62-39 victory over the Bonham Warriors on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Gym.

"Our guys played hard and that is going to be our goal the remainder of the year," Curtis said. "We have got to come out and play with energy every game, and we did that today. I thought the guys that have been with me during the period got after it and the football guys saw the intensity that I wanted and they followed through, and it was good for us."

The Wildcats shot 27-of-56 (48.2 percent) from the field and out-rebounded Bonham 45-29. Sophomore Kedrick Dial was the leading scorer for the second straight game with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, three steals and one assist, while junior Colton Nash had 10 points, five rebounds and one block.

This was the first game out for Lemarcus Kendricks, Bryant "Day Day" Jackson, Tyrick Rollison, Anthony Mills and Nash after a first-round football playoff loss on Friday night. Curtis said those players played well in their first game of the season.

"I think the football guys that came out were rusty because they have been in football for 11 weeks and their basketball skills have not developed yet, and that is to be expected," the coach said. "The things that I am pleased about was they were seeing the floor well and were hustling and doing what I asked them to do."

Bonham was led by Ethan Porter with 12 points and seven rebounds off of the bench, while Aaron Mosley had 10 points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.

Overall, the Wildcats forced 21 Bonham turnovers and held the Warriors to 32 percent shooting from the field (13-of-40).

SSHS jumped out to a 22-2 lead after the first quarter as the team's run-and-press defense gave Bonham trouble throughout the game. The Warriors had nine turnovers in the first quarter and shot 1-of-7 from the field.

Sulphur Springs took a 14-0 lead midway through the quarter as Dial scored six points during the run. The Wildcats also had buckets by Jonathan Lee and Jesse Vasquez and a bucket and two free throws by Andrew Panter, who finished with eight points, four rebounds, three steals and one assist.

Bonham found a way to get on the scoreboard with 3:15 remaining in the quarter as Myran Roundtree scored on a lay-up for the 14-2 deficit. The Wildcats outscored Bonham 15-12 in the second quarter to go in at halftime with a 37-14 lead.

With under two minutes remaining in the first half, the Warriors reached double-figure scoring, but it was too little as Sulphur Springs held a 34-10 lead and went into the locker room with a 37-14 advantage.

Curtis said with the Wildcats able to execute the way that they were in the first quarter, he was very pleased with how quick they are catching on to the defensive scheme.

"It definitely made me feel good," he said of the full-court press. "That just means that we are hustling and moving our feet and not reaching and giving up silly fouls."

The Wildcats will host Greenville at 7:30 p.m. today at Wildcat Gym in their final game before the Thanksgiving break. Curtis said tonight's game will be a good test for his team this early in the season.

"Greenville has some big guys that are going to match up with our big guys and they are young just like we are," he said. "I think we are going to have to work hard to play with them and it is going to be a good test. We need to play hard and bring energy in this game."

Junior Varsity

Bonham 63, SSHS 45

The Wildcats dropped to 0-2 on the year as Gage Williams had a team-high 17 points, Alex Lucco scored nine points and Charles Carns had eight points.

The Wildcats will face Greenville at 6 p.m. today.

SSHS - John McCann 2, Gage Williams 17, JaQuivian Willis 2, Alex Lucco 9, Patric Miller 5, Charles Carns 8, Lewis 2.

Freshmen

SSHS 54, Bonham 34

The SSHS freshmen evened their record at 1-1 on the year as the defense held Bonham under 10 points in three of four quarters Saturday afternoon.

Both teams were tied 20-20 at the half and Sulphur Springs held a 40-28 lead after three quarters.

Alvin Frazier led the Wildcats with 17 points, while Kaylon Alexander added eight points.

BHS 12 8 8 6 -34

SSHS 16 4 20 14 -54

Bonham - Cagle 6, Williams 21, Herriage 4, Biggers 2.

SSHS - Johnson 2, George Green 2, Tripp Reeves 4, Alvin Frazier 17, Jacobs 9, Wright 2, Kaylon Alexander 8, K.C. Macon 4, Jared Riley 6.

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