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Wildcats Basketball Goes 1-1 in Day Two of Allen Holiday Tournament

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Tuesday, Dec. 28 was a busy one for the men’s basketball team, taking on two tough opponents in Rowlett and Frisco Memorial.

In the first match against Rowlett, Sulphur Springs jumped out to a 16-7 lead thanks to scoring from Parker Whisenhunt and Caleb Alexander, who finished with 22 and 16, respectively. 

Coach Brandon Shaver’s squad wound up ahead of the Eagles 25-18 after one thanks to the aforementioned sharp shooters. 

The game opened up in the second with both teams scoring 17+ as the Wildcats lead 47-35 at the half. 

Rowlett continued their scoring ways in the second half, continuously chipping away at Sulphur Springs’ lead to pull within 10 heading in to the fourth. Coach Shaver’s team struggled to sink free throws in the second half which would have changed the complexion of the game, and the Eagles cashed in on the opportunity to pull the game within five late. 

A clutch three from Branson Lynn sealed the victory for the Wildcats as Sulphur Springs edged the Eagles 70-67. 

After Whisenhunt and Alexander, Lynn was up next in scoring for the men’s basketball team with 12. Cason Arrington finished with nine, followed by Kordrick Turner who got seven in the first half. 

Malachi Myles and Jackson Darrow rounded out scoring for the Wildcats with four points between the two of them. 

After the win over Rowlett, Coach Shaver’s team took a break before taking on Frisco Memorial for the second game on the day.

The Warriors, according to last week’s TABC rankings are #7 in 5A.

They showed exactly why early, taking a big 22-9 lead heading in to the second quarter. 

Frisco Memorial continued to show their offensive prowess in the second. Luckily for Coach Shaver’s squad, shots started to fall for Sulphur Springs as the Wildcats were only outscored by one, 22-21. 

The men’s basketball team fought tooth-and-nail to keep up with the top-10 ranked Warriors but fell 82-69 to close out day two of the Allen tournament. 

A back-and-forth affair to the finish, the Wildcats fought for three quarters to chip in to the Warriors lead, but each time Sulphur Springs began to shift the momentum Frisco Memorial took it right back. 

Four Wildcats finished in double digits: 

  • Caleb Alexander — 17
  • Kordrick Turner — 15
  • Parker Whisenhunt — 12
  • Cason Arrington — 11 

Brandon Lynn wrapped up day two with a six point game against Frisco Memorial. Malachi Myles and Jackson Darrow got four and three, respectively. Bull Turner notched a free throw in the fourth. 

The 1-1 day two performance puts the Wildcats basketball team’s season record at 17-6 (1-0 district).

Coach Shaver and his men’s basketball team close out their participation in the Allen Holiday tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 29. 

Their final contest pits the Wildcats against Mesquite Horn in the Auxiliary Gym at 12:30 P.M.

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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