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HS Boys Basketball Report by ALAN BRAKE
December 2, 2012Montgomery County High School
R-2 WILDCATS BASKETBALL TEAM PLAYS IN MC TOURNEY
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats Boys’ basketball team played 3 games last week in the 42nd Annual Montgomery County R-2 Invitational Tournament. On Tuesday, November 27, they lost to New Haven 43-30. On Thursday, November 29, they defeated Wellsville-Middletown 65-50. Then on Saturday, December 1, they lost to Warrenton 53-51.
In Tuesday’s game New Haven’s traditional solid man-to-man defense led to a poor offensive showing for the Wildcats (except for the second quarter) and a loss. In the first quarter New Haven made 3 field goals, 1 3-point shot and 2 free throws, while holding R-2 to 3 field goals and 1 free throw to lead 11-7 at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter R-2 was able to turn the tables on New Haven. 4 Wildcat players made at least 1 field goal (6 made in all), while R-2 held New Haven to only 3 field goals. As a result, R-2 outscored New Haven 12-6 to take a 19-17 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats outscored New Haven 5-2 in the first couple minutes of the third quarter to take a 24-19 lead, but after that it was all New Haven. The New Haven defense held R-2 to 2 points the rest of the quarter, while New Haven’s offense exploded for 16 points to give New Haven a 35-26 lead at the end of the quarter. New Haven then outscored the Wildcats 8-4 in the last quarter and came away with a 43-30 win.
Jacob Davis led the Wildcats in scoring with 10 points (5 FGs). He was followed in the scoring by Cameron Parrish with 9 points (3 FGs, 1 3-pointer), Chase Worsham with 4 points (2 FGs), Tim Kroll with 3 points (1 FG, 1 FT), and Brian Davis and Justin Hall with 2 points each (1 FG each). Jerad Jordan and Kyle Kroll also played, but did not score.
In other key stats, J. Davis, Parrish and Worsham had 4 rebounds each. Jordan led the team in assists with 2.
The Wildcats faced cross-county rival Wellsville-Middletown in Thursday’s game, and as usual it was a hard-fought, physical game from the very beginning (36 total fouls and 36 total FTs shot). The Wildcats were able to get off to a quick start, as 7 Wildcat players scored at least 2 points to give R-2 a 19-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats then gradually added to their lead the rest of the game. In the second quarter they outscored W-M 16-15, to take a 35-24 lead at halftime. Wellsville-Middletown outscored the Wildcats 14-12 in the third quarter to cut R-2’s lead to 47-38. However, the Wildcats outscored W-M 18-12 in the fourth quarter to give R-2 a 65-50 win.
Hall came off the bench to lead the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points (5 FGs/7 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Parrish with 15 points (7 FGs/1 FT), J. Davis with 11 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 FTs), T. Kroll with 10 points (4 FGs/2 FTs), Jordan with 6 points (1 3-pointer/3 FTs), and Worsham, B. Davis, and K. Kroll with 2 points each (1 FG each). Jackson Bishop and Dylan Skeens also played, but did not score.
In other key stats Parrish led the Wildcats in rebounds with 12, followed by Worsham with 10. Jordan led the team in assists with 4, followed by Parrish with 3.
The Wildcats faced Warrenton on Saturday in the Consolation/5th Place trophy game. The game was a game of “scoring runs” throughout most of the game, with the Wildcats missing a “last second” shot that would have tied the game and sent it into overtime.
Warrenton had the first “scoring run”, as it took a 4-1 lead in the first two minutes of the game. The Wildcats responded with a 7-0 scoring run over to take an 8-4 lead, only to have Warrenton come back with a 5-0 run to retake the lead at 9-8 with 2:47 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats came right back and outscored Warrenton 6-0 the rest of the quarter to take a 14-9 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats then scored the first 3 points in the first minute of the second quarter to extend their lead to 17-9. The Wildcats outscored Warrenton 5-4 over the next 3 minutes to lead 22-13 with 4:35 left in the first half. Warrenton then came back to outscore the Wildcats 12-6 the rest of the quarter, to cut R-2’s lead to 28-25 at halftime.
R-2 scored the first basket of the third quarter to make the score 30-25, but Warrenton outscored the Wildcats 7-2 over the next 3½ minutes to tie the score at 32-32. The Wildcats scored the next 5 points to take a 37-32 with 2:40 left in the third quarter, but Warrenton then finished the quarter with a 12-0 run to take a 44-37 lead.
Through the first 5 minutes of the final quarter Warrenton maintained a 5-8 point lead over the Wildcats. With 2:50 left Warrenton led the Wildcats 52-47 and went into a stall offense in hopes of getting fouled by R-2, shooting and making free throws and running out the clock. The Wildcats did foul Warrenton in an attempt to steal the ball and/or stop the clock, but Warrenton missed all of its free throws but 1. Meanwhile, the Wildcats were able to close Warrenton’s lead to 52-51 with :39 left in the game.
Warrenton was then fouled and had 2 free throws to shoot with :18 left in the game. The Warrenton player made only 1 of the 2 free throws to make the score 53-51. The Wildcats got the ball into their front court and called timeout with :14 left in the game. The Wildcats came out of the timeout, worked their offense and shot a lay-up with 3-4 seconds left in the game, but the ball did not go in the basket. By the time anyone got the rebound there was no time left on the clock, giving Warrenton a 53-51 win and the Consolation Trophy.
Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 25 points (6 FGs, 2 3-pointers, 7 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Parrish with 11 points (3 FGs, 1 3-pointer, 2 FTs), Hall with 6 points (2 FGs, 2 FTs), J. Davis with 3 points (3 FTs), Bishop with 3 points (1 3-pointer), B. Davis with 2 points (1 FG), and K. Kroll with 1 point (1 FT). Worsham, Skeens, and T. Kroll also played, but did not score.
In other key stats B. Davis, Hall and Parrish each had 6 rebounds. Jordan led the team in steals with 3, followed by Skeens with 2.
This week the Wildcats play 2 non-conference games on the road. On Tuesday, December 4, they will play at South Callaway. On Friday, December 7, they will play at New Haven (who they lost to last Tuesday). On both nights the Jr. Varsity will play the first game at 6:00, followed by the Varsity game starting around 7:30.
Next week the Wildcats will play 2 East Missouri Conference games. On Tuesday, December 11, they will play at Bowling Green. On Friday, December 14, they will host Wright City. On both nights the Jr. Varsity game will be the first game and will start at 6:00, with the Varsity game starting around 7:30.
The Wildcats encourage you to attend their games to support them and cheer them on to victory.