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HS Boys Basketball MC Tourney Report by Alan Brake
December 9, 2013Montgomery County High School
BASKETBALL WILDCATS’ DEFEAT MEXICO 81-69
TO WIN 1ST R-2 TOURNAMENT TITLE SINCE 1989
The Montgomery County R-2 Wildcats’ Basketball team won the Montgomery County R-2 Invitational Tournament Championship by defeating the #1 seeded Mexico Bulldogs 81-69 this past Saturday, December 7. This is the first R-2 Tournament Championship for a Wildcats’ teams since the 1989 tournament (24 years ago).
In addition to winning the tournament championship the Wildcats had 2 players earn tournament honors. Jacob Davis was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament by a vote of the tournament coaches. In addition, Cameron Parrish was one of 5 other players who were elected to the “All-Tournament Team” by a vote of the coaches.
In order to get to the Championship Game, the Wildcats also had to win their First Round and Second Round games. The Wildcats started the tournament by defeating Silex 63-38 in the First Round game on Tuesday, December 3. Then on Thursday, December 5, they defeated Fulton 77-63 in the Second Round game. With these games the Wildcats now have a record of 4 wins and 0 losses.
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME VS. MEXICO
This game was one of the most intense and hard-played games the Wildcats have been involved in over the past few seasons. The Wildcats were able to take advantage of an 11-0 run in the first quarter to build a 10-point lead, and then fought hard to keep that lead the rest of the game.
Through the first 4 minutes of the first quarter the teams played evenly, as Mexico led the Wildcats 7-6 with 3:54 left in the quarter. However, that would be that only and last time that the Wildcats would be behind in this game.
Over the next 3 minutes the Wildcats outscored Mexico 11-0 to take a 17-7 lead. Mexico scored a basket at the 1:57 mark to make the score 17-9, but the Wildcats then scored the last 3 points of the quarter to lead 20-9 at the end of the quarter.
The teams basically exchanged baskets and free throws for the first 2 minutes of the second quarter, as Mexico outscored the Wildcats 9-8 to close the score to 28-18 with 5:56 left in the half. The Wildcats then outscored Mexico 5-0 over the next 45 seconds to take a 33-18 lead.
Mexico came back with a 4-0 run over the next 36 seconds to close the score at 33-22 with 4:34 left in the half. Over the next 3 minutes and 15 seconds Mexico outscored the Wildcats 11-6 to close the score to 40-33. However, the Wildcats finished the half with a 7-0 run to lead Mexico 47-33 at halftime.
Mexico started the second half with a 6-2 run in the first minute of play, then followed that with an 11-4 run over the next 3 minutes to close the score to 53-50 with 4:16 left in the third quarter. However, after a second time out by the Wildcats in less than 30 seconds of play the Wildcats finished the third quarter by outscoring Mexico 13-8 to lead 66-58 by the end of the quarter.
Mexico started the fourth quarter by once again gradually chipping away at the Wildcats lead. Through the first 5 minutes of play of the quarter Mexico outscored the Wildcats 11-7 to cut the Wildcats’ lead to 73-69. That would be as close as Mexico would get, as the Wildcats would make 8 of 9 free throws while holding Mexico scoreless to win the game and the Tournament Championship 81-69.
Jerad Jordan led the Wildcats in scoring with 24 points (2 field goals/FGs, 2 3-pointers, and 14 of 16 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Davis with 23 points (8 FGs/7 of 12 FTs); Parrish with 9 points; Jackson Bishop with 7 points (3 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Justin Hall with 6 points (3 FGs); Chase Worsham and Kyle Kroll with 5 points each (Worsham 2 FGs/1 of 2 FTs, and Kroll 1 FG/1 3-pointer); and Chase Parrish with 2 points (1 FG). Brian Davis and Dylan Skeens also played in the game, but did not score.
It took 1:30 before either team was able to put the ball in the basket, but Montgomery County was the first team to do so with a free throw to lead 1-0. Silex came back with a basket at the 6:00 mark to take a 2-1 lead, but that was the last and only time Silex would lead in the game.
The Wildcats went on a 5-0 run over the next 48 seconds to lead 6-2, but Silex then outscored the Wildcats 4-0 over the next 1:30 to tie the score at 6-6 with 3:43 left in the quarter. The Wildcats then went on a 9-0 over the next 3:43 to lead 15-6 at the end of the quarter.
The Wildcats also started the second quarter with another 6-0 run to lead 21-6 with 5:56 left in the half. Another 6-2 run gave the Wildcats a 27-8 lead with 3:10 left in the half.
Silex finally got things going on offense, while the Wildcats seemed to flatten out the rest of the quarter. The Owls outscored the Wildcats 12-5 during that time and closed the Wildcats’ lead to 32-20 at halftime.
The Wildcats started the second half with a 7-4 run to take a 15-point lead at 39-24, with 5:54 left in the quarter. That was as close as the score would be the rest of the game, as the Wildcats’ lead ranged from 15-20 points from that point on. The Wildcats did outscore Silex 18-12 in the third quarter to lead 50-32 at quarter’s end.
Silex was able to close the gap to 54-37 with 5:50 left in the game. However, the Wildcats outscored Silex 9-1 the rest of the quarter and won the game 63-38.
Cameron Parrish led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points (4 field goals/FGs, 1 3-pointer, 3 of 4 free throws/FTs). He was followed in the scoring by J. Davis with 13 points (3 FGs/1 3-pointer/4 of 5 FTs); Hall with 11 points (5 FGs/1 of 2 FTs); Worsham with 8 points (4 FGs/0 of 2 FTs); Bishop with 7 points (1 FG/5 of 6 FTs); Kroll 7 points (2 FGs/1 3-pointer/0 of 3 FTs); Chase Parrish 2 points (2 of 2 FTs); and Jordan 1 point (1 of 3 FTs). Skeens and B. Davis also played in the game, but did not score.
This was another fast-paced, high-scoring game, as the teams scored at least a combined 30 points in each quarter. Fulton had the upper hand in the first quarter, as the Hornets outscored the Wildcats 16-14. That was the only quarter that Fulton would outscore the Wildcats.
Because of the fast pace, the play for both teams got sloppy in the second quarter. This was evidenced by the fact that the teams shot a combined 31 free throws in this quarter due to several fouls.
The Wildcats made 9 of 15 free throws, while Fulton made 10 of 16 free throws. However, the Wildcats held Fulton to only 2 field goals, while making 5 field goals and 1 3-pointer of their own to outscore Fulton 22-14 and lead 36-30 at halftime.
The Wildcats continued their scoring pace in the third quarter, as they had 4 players score at least 4 points and outscored Fulton 23-17 to lead 59-47 at the end of the quarter. The Wildcats then maintained a 12-17 point lead throughout the fourth quarter. Eventually, the Wildcats outscored Fulton 18-16 in this quarter and won the game 77-63.
J. Davis led the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points (7 FGs/5 of 10 FTs). He was followed in the scoring by Chase Parrish with 17 points (1 FG/3 3-pointers/6 of 7 FTs); Hall and Cameron Parrish with 13 points each (Hall 6 FGs/1 of 2 FTs, and Parrish 5 FGs/1 3-pointer); Jordan with 6 points (3 FGs); Kroll with 5 points (1 FG/3 of 5 FTs); and Worsham with 4 points (2 FGs). Bishop, B. Davis, and Skeens also played in the game, but did not score.
The Wildcats have 2 games this week. On Tuesday, December 10, they will host South Callaway. On Friday, December 13, they will play at New Haven. On both nights, the Jr. Varsity game will be played first at 6:00 p.m. The Varsity game will start around 7:30.
Next week the Wildcats will start playing East Missouri (EMO) Conference games. On Tuesday, December 17, they will host Bowling Green. The Jr. Varsity game will be played first, starting at 6:00 p.m. The Varsity game will start around 7:30. Then on Friday, December 20, the Wildcats will play at Wright City. The JV game will start at 5:30 p.m., and the Varsity game will start around 7:00.
Congratulations to the Wildcats winning the Montgomery County R-2 Invitational Tournament. “Best Wishes” as you continue on in the 2013-14 season. Go Wildcats!