Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta said he was proud of his team’s effort in a 68-50 win at Tyler Lee Tuesday night (December 18). The coach said the Wildcats came out and tried to really punch them in the mouth from the get go. He added the Wildcats played with a sense of urgency and assertiveness that they needed to play with. Coach Cipoletta said that led to the Wildcats getting out to a big lead that they were able to hold onto for the whole game.
He said the Wildcats had a size advantage and were able to exploit the mismatch by posting up players. Coach Cipoletta said his guys did a good job executing and scoring when they posted up. He said if the Wildcats keep that up, they will be hard to guard. The Wildcats were without 6-foot-9 post Xavier Cork who has a sore toe. Coach Cipoletta said he hopes to get Cork healthy in time for district play that gets underway on January 11.
All ten Wildcats available to play Tuesday did play and did score. Included was 6-foot-5 freshman Justin Haire. Coach Cipoletta said Haire stepped in for Cork, played some good minutes and scored. He said all the Wildcats responded when they were called on to play. Coach Cipoletta said the players moved the ball around well playing T.O.E basketball. That stands for the team’s motto, Team Over Everything.
The #8 ranked Wildcats improve to 11-6 for the season. They play next in the Christmas Crossover Showcase. The Wildcats will face Houston Sam Houston Friday at noon in the Delmar Center in Houston. Sam Houston is ranked #12 in Class 6A.