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012223 big sandy bbElias Bullock lifts a shot over six Bobcat arms for two points. Jorden Martinez gets two of his eight points. Tavian Battise floats through the lane. He had six points in Friday’s win. Photos by Brian Besch

By Brian Besch
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Wildcat basketball jumped out to a big lead early for homecoming and cruised to a 70-26 win over the Hull-Daisetta Bobcats Friday.

After one half, Big Sandy was sitting on top of a 40-10 lead and the game had been decided. The Wildcat defense did not allow more than eight points in a quarter, even after emptying the bench.

“For the most part, our defense this year has been good,” head coach Kevin Foster said. “Sometimes, we struggle to finish the possessions with a rebound and that is frustrating at times. I think where we have to get better is just finishing possessions. I thought our intensity was really good tonight and we really got after it defensively.”

The offense wasn’t bad either. It averaged 20 points per quarter until the fourth, when inexperience on the court slowed the pace. In total, the Wildcats were 18-for-25 from the free-throw line and hit six 3-pointers.

“As far as offense goes, we turned it over a little bit too much early, but we were able to clean that up,” Foster said. “Moving forward for us, one of the things that we chart on the bench is turnovers and offensive rebounds for the other team. When our turnovers are down and we’re not giving up a lot of offensive rebounds, we’ve got a shot to win a lot of games. That is really our focus.”

Elias Bullock had 16 points to lead the game, while teammates Kaden Foster and Jason Valderez had 13 each, Javen Criswell had 12, and Jorden Martinez eight. No Bobcat scored more than six points.

The entire Wildcat roster was able to participate in Friday’s game, with most breaking into the score column. Big Sandy now holds a record of 20-6. They are 3-0 in district and have a state ranking of No. 10 in Class 2A, according to the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll. 

“We have to make sure our execution is good, especially this time of year. I was proud of the way the kids played tonight. We got after it pretty good.”

A home game with Sabine Pass Tuesday was next on the schedule, while the toughest challenge offered in District 25-2A awaited last Friday on a road trip to Evadale.

Area scoreboard

Hardin-Jefferson 72 Livingston 53
Timpson 77 Corrigan-Camden 59
Leggett 98 Chester 35
Onalaska 66 Coldspring 62
Brookeland 71 Goodrich 20
Hemphill 57 Woodville 54
West Sabine 73 Colmesneil 31
Hamshire-Fannett 82 Liberty 35
Diboll 80 Pineywoods 33
Huffman Hargrave 51 Splendora 37

Chester 73 Leggett 37
Anderson-Shiro 58 Tarkington 55
Huntington 78 Newton 25
Groveton 46 Latexo 30
San Augustine 59 Broaddus 56

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