The #13 state ranked Wildcats of Sulphur Springs won their opening two games at the Union Grove Chick-fil-A Tournament Thursday (December 7). In pool play Thursday, the Wildcats defeated Class 6A Longview, 65-32. Later they scored an impressive 95-52 win over Wichita Falls. They will play Kountze in a tournament semi-final game Friday at 2:20 p.m.
Against Longview, the Wildcats defense was once again stifling. The Wildcats led 14-5 after one quarter and 29-8 at halftime and allowed the Lobos to score an average of only 8 points per quarter for the entire game. Wildcats Coach Clark Cipoletta said the defense did a great job of getting stops and forcing Longview to take contested shots all evening. He added the offense did a great job of executing against Longview’s zone. Coach Cipoletta said the Wildcats moved the ball around nicely and got a ton of high quality shots that made them really efficient on the offensive end. Godsgift Ezedinma led the Wildcats with 22 points, Michael Jefferson scored 15 points and Keaston Willis had 13 points. Other scorers included Xavier Cork with 4, Jeremiah Roland with 3 and Bryson Lynn, Cameron Kahn and Iverson Wade with 2 points apiece.
Against Wichita Falls, Coach Cipoletta called the win a complete team effort. Willis led the Wildcats with 17 points. Ezedinma scored 16 points. Victor Iwuakor had 13 points. Jefferson added 11 points. Lynn scored 8 points. Dedric Godbolt and Day Day Hall scored 6 points apiece. Roland and Cork had 5 points each. Grayson McClure had 4 points. Kahn, Wade and Ivan Clayton each had 2 points. The Wildcats improved their season record to 11-1.