Wildcats Basketball Coach Clark Cipoletta says he loves the Mansfield ISD Spring Creek Barbeque Classic Tournament. He says last year’s tourney was when he figured out what type of team the Wildcats were. The Wildcats early results in this year’s tournament were good. The Wildcats won Thursday morning (December 5), 68-61 over A&M Consolidated of College Station. Day Day Hall scored a team high 29 points and Cameron Kahn chipped in 20 points. Grayson McClure added 9 points. Lamodrick Johnson scored 7 points. Boo Wilkerson had 4 points. Justin Haire scored 2 points. The Wildcats improved their season record to 5-1. The Wildcats will play a second game in the tourney at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mansfield High. The Wildcats had some ups and downs last year. They opened with an impressive 81-73 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge on their home court. Lake Ridge, a 6A school was top 25 ranked for awhile last year. Then came a disappointing 68-63 loss to Fort Bend Elkins, a Class 6A team that was ranked #7. The next day, the Wildcats got a solid 59-55 overtime win over Killeen Ellison. Ellison, a Class 6A team, made their way into the rankings for awhile later in the season. Then the Wildcats closed with a downer, a 44-32 loss to Mansfield Summit. Coach Cipoletta said at the tournament last year, the Wildcats inspirational manager Dylan Jester asked to talk to the team and according to Coach Cipoletta, really let the Wildcats have it because of the way they were playing.
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