Wildcats Basketball Hits Third-Round Roadblock in 42-32 Regional Quarterfinal Loss to Lufkin


Sulphur Springs saw their basketball season come to an end to Lufkin 42-32 on Tuesday, Mar. 1. 

The loss in the Regional Quarterfinal to the Panthers ended men’s basketball’s postseason run.

In a game reminiscent of the Grit ’n’ Grind era of basketball, both teams struggled to make shots early as defense proved to be the victor early. 

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Coach Brandon Shaver’s team led 17-14 at the half. 

While both teams struggled to sink buckets in the first two quarters, that changed in a big way in the third as the Panthers pounded away getting 14 points, matching their first half total output.

Sulphur Springs continued to struggle finding a rhythm, ultimately costing them a potential victory as they scored just 15 points the rest of the way en route to a 42-32 loss in the Regional Quarterfinals. 

Scoring came at a premium for men’s basketball in the third round loss thanks to an athletic and talented defense Lufkin possesses. 

Senior Justin Haire in his final game suiting up for the Wildcats led the way with 12 points, followed closely by Kordrick Turner at 11. Juniors Branson Lynn Malachi Myles rounded out scoring with seven and two points, respectively.

It was a disappointing end to an otherwise fantastic season.

Men’s basketball end their season with a 28-10 (10-2 district) record, with Sulphur Springs winning their first district championship in three seasons. The Wildcats won their Bi-District and Area playoff matches before falling in the Regional Quarterfinal to Lufkin. 

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Author: Ross LaBenske

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