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HS Boys Basketball Report BY ALAN BRAKE
January 30, 2013Montgomery County High School
R-2 BASKETBALL WILDCATS EARN 3RD PLACE IN HERMANN TOURNAMENT
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats Boys’ basketball team won the Third Place trophy in the Hermann Tournament on Saturday, January 26, as they came from behind in the fourth quarter to defeat New Haven 46-44. With this win the Wildcats also improved their record to 11 wins and 7 losses.
Earlier in the week the Wildcats defeated Warrenton 61-47 on Tuesday, January 22. In the Championship Semifinal game on Thursday, January 24, they lost to St. James 52-40.
In Saturday’s 3rd Place game, the Wildcats faced New Haven for the third time this season. The teams had split the first two games, with New Haven winning the first game 43-30 in the Montgomery County R-2 Tournament. The Wildcats won the second game 45-41, which was played at New Haven on December 7.
Known more for its solid defense, New Haven displayed quite a bit of offense in the first quarter as they outscored the Wildcats 19-10. However, the Wildcats were able to come back some in the second quarter by outscoring NH 15-11 to cut NH’s lead to 30-25.
The teams played more evenly in the third quarter, as NH outscored R-2 12-11 to increase its lead to 42-36 heading into the final period. That’s when the Wildcat defense clamped down on New Haven and held NH to only 2 points. Meanwhile, the Wildcats were able to score 10 points of their own to come away with the 46-44 win and the Third Place trophy.
Cameron Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points (4 field goals/FGs, 2 3-pointers). He was followed in the scoring by Jerad Jordan with 11 points (1 FG/3 3-pointers), Tim Kroll with 10 points (1 FG/2 3-pointers/2 free throws/FTs), Brian Davis with 4 points (2 FGs), Kyle Kroll with 3 points (1 3-pointer), Justin Hall and Dylan Skeens with 2 points each (1 FG each). Jacob Davis also played but did not score.
Other key stats, such as rebounds, assists, steals, etc., were not available when this report was written.
In Tuesday’s game the Wildcats and Warrenton were also facing each other for the third time this season. Warrenton won the first game 53-51 in the Montgomery County R-2 Tournament. The Wildcats won the second game 68-55 in double overtime on January 15.
This game started out to be just as close as the first two games. The Wildcats took the early lead, as they outscored Warrenton 11-9 in the first quarter. The Wildcats then outscored Warrenton 9-7 in the second quarter to have a 4-point lead (20-16) at halftime.
The Wildcats then appeared to blow the game wide open in the third quarter, as they outscored Warrenton 25-8 to take a 45-24 lead. However, Warrenton wasn’t about to give in and came back to score 25 points of their own in the fourth quarter. Fortunately the Wildcats were able to score 16 points themselves and held on for the 61-49 win.
Jordan and Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 17 points each (Jordan 1 FG/3 3-pointers/4 FTs, and Parrish 6 FGs/1 3-pointer/2 FTs). They were followed in the scoring by Hall with 11 points (4 FGs/3 FTs), T. Kroll with 10 points (2 3-pointers/4 FTs), and J. Davis with 6 points (2 FGs/2 FTs). Jackson Bishop, B. Davis and K. Kroll also played but did not score.
In other key stats, Parrish led R-2 in rebounds with 10, and J. Davis had 9. J. Davis led the team in assists with 5 and steals with 3. Parrish led the team in blocked shots with 4 and also had 4 assists. T. Kroll also had 2 blocked shots and Jordan had 3 assists.
In winning Tuesday’s game, the Wildcats earned the opportunity to play St. James, the #1 seeded team in the tournament. Also, St. James was ranked #8 in the state Top 10 rankings with a record of 16 wins and only 1 loss.
The Wildcats did a good job of holding their own against St. James (never being outscored by more than 4 points in any of the four quarters), but they were never able to gain the lead in the game. St. James took a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, then outscored R-2 13-9 in the second quarter to lead 28-20 at halftime.
The Wildcats were able to play almost evenly with St. James in the third quarter, only being outscored 12-11 to make the score 40-31. The fourth quarter was pretty much the same as the first three, as St. James outscored the Wildcats 12-9 to make the final score 52-40.
Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points (4 FGs/1 3-pointer/1 FT). He was followed in the scoring by Hall with 10 points (4 FGs/2 FTs), T. Kroll and Jordan with 5 points each (2 FGs/1 FT each), B. Davis with 4 points (2 FGs), and Chase Worsham and Skeens with 2 points each (1 FG each). J. Davis and Bishop also played but did not score.
Other key stats were not available when this report was written.
This week the Wildcats begin to end the 2012-13 regular season (3 weeks left) with 2 East Missouri (EMO) Conference games. On Tuesday, January 29, they will host the Clopton Hawks. The Jr. Varsity team will play first at 6:00, followed by the Varsity game around 7:30.
On Friday, February 1, the Varsity Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will play against Wellsville-Middletown (at Wellsville) in another EMO Conference game. It is also the annual Montgomery County Trophy game and the annual “Pink Out” game (effort by both schools to provide support for the Helen Reagan Cancer Fund). The Girls’ game will be first at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Boys’ game around 7:30.
Next week the Wildcats have 2 more EMO Conference games. On Tuesday, February 5, they host North Callaway. The Jr. Varsity team will play first at 6:00, followed by the Varsity game around 7:30.
On Friday, February 8, the Varsity Wildcats and Lady Wildcats will play an EMO Conference game at Elsberry. This is a “make-up” game for both teams from games that were postponed in late December. The Lady Wildcats will play first at 6:00, followed by the Wildcats’ game around 7:30.
The Wildcats encourage you to attend their games, to support them and cheer them on to victory.