Colts kick Cats in 74-47 victory at Wilson
Both the Wildcats and the Wildkittens experienced early game poundings by Rivercrest Friday night at Wilson and even though they both made runs to recover late in their respective games, each team fell hard to their 4A-3 opponents.
Indicative of what the remainder of the contest would be like, the Colts opened their game with the Wildcats by going on a 9-2 run finally ending up 32 minutes later with a 74-47 victory.
Not until the 3:40 mark when Marcus Wells dropped in a field goal, did Trumann get their first points. They had their chances in the first part of the game, but were unable to get the handle on virtually any rebounds and turned the ball over three times when they were charged with walking.
After Wells broke the ice, though, it seemed for a moment as if the Cats might make a run of it when Ritchie Tharp dropped in a trey moments later to cut the lead to 9-5. Unfortunately, the Colts took off again scoring eight unanswered points before Kyle Barker hit for a 3-pointer of his own and a 17-8 score. The quarter ended with the Colts in firm control of the game, 21-9.
The second quarter opened with Wells, who would lead the Wildcats with 12, hitting the first bucket. Rivercrest responded with five straight buckets to go up 31-11. The Cats scored a couple of buckets while the Colts added another, then both teams went on a mid-quarter lull, neither one seemingly able to sink a shot.
Then with 3:00 left in the half, Doc Dotson stole an errant Colt pass and went the distance for the bucket. Trumann then score eight more points to Rivercrest's two to pull back to within 10, 35-25.
With things looking positive for a run in the second half, the Cats came out hopeful. That hope was soon dashed, though, as the Colts opened the quarter with a 13-3 run for a 50-28 lead with 3:15 left in the period.
Ryan Ragan responded with his only two points of the night, two treys, and Tharp hit his second 3-pointer. Unfortunately, the Colts were scoring six-points of their own during this time. Once again Wells ended the quarter with a bucket, but the Rivercrest had a commanding 56-39 lead by this point.
The fourth quarter proved to be no improvement for Trumann as the Colt's bench proved to be just as prolific, hitting for 18 points while the Cats could muster only eight as the game ended with the Colts on top, 74-47.
Barker finished the game with seven points followed by E.J. Bullock with six to match Ragan and Tharp's output. Terrance Estes scored three, Jarrett Prince two and Nathan Moore one.
For the Colts, Zac George scored 22, Lloyd Bolden 16 and Raymond Richmond 10.
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Coach Marty Vallance and the Wildkittens probably thought they tied into a heard of wild stallions instead of a bunch of Junior Colts as Rivercrest stampeded out to a 22-0 lead before Everett Bullock was able to hit the second of two free throws to get Trumann on the board. The Colts would score twice more to end the half 26-1 in rout to a 59-34 rout.
"It was the same thing as last time," said Vallance of the Kittens loss to the Junior Colts last December at Trumann. "They got out to an early lead and we just couldn't recover."
After the barrage of points, Trumann came back to hold Rivercrest to just 13-11 in the second period while actually winning the third and fourth quarters, 12-11 and 10-9. It wasn't enough to make up for the early flood of points, but Vallance was, nevertheless, pleased with his team's effort.
"I was really proud of the effort we put out," the coach concluded. "It would have been ease to quit, to roll over and give up after a first quarter like that, but we didn't. This team has knack for digging deep and playing when things are really down. We're still trying to build and get read for the district tournament."
The Colts were able to harness normal high-point man Bullock inside, allowing only five points for the game. He responded, though with five 3-pointers to lead both teams in points with 20.
Jimmy Creecy and Taylor McPhearson finished with four each while Jordan McKenzie, Michael Hellums and Emmanuel Dunning had two each.
The Junior Colts' Brown and Banks finished with 13 and 10 to lead their scoring.