The hometown Hope Bobcats secured two huge and impressive road wins in the big state of Texas over this past weekend against the New Boston Lions to post themselves in the win column for 2017-18 basketball season.
The hometown Hope Bobcats secured two huge and impressive road wins in the big state of Texas over this past weekend against the New Boston Lions to post themselves in the win column for 2017-18 basketball season. The Bobcats started out the night taking care of business in junior varsity action topping New Boston JV Lions 45-11. JV Bobcats' Convontae Young led scoring with 18 points for double-figures.
In the nightcap for senior high boys action, the Bobcats had a tough fight early, but kicked it into high gear for the second half and rolled onto a 10 point victory 55-45 to outscore New Boston. In first quarter action, the Cats trailed for a one point deficit to New Boston at the end of opening period play, 16-15.
In the second, the Cats rallied back to outscore the Lions 14-11. At the break, the Bobcats led New Boston 29-27.
In the third quarter, the Cats opened the game and exploded for 20 points with the Lions dropping 14 points. At the end of three periods of action, the Bobcats held a 49-41 lead over the Lions for an eight point advantage going into the fourth and final period.
In the finale quarter of the night, the Cats stepped it up defensively to hold the Lions under double-digits for the only period of the game, which was the more important and key quarter with four points scored. Hope just added six in the fourth which led to their first win of the season to begin their year of hoops on the road for the third consecutive game.
For the game, the Bobcats 45 percent from the field, nailed 2-of-12 three-pointers for 17 percent behind the arc, hit 7-0f-17 free-throws for 41 percent. Hope scored 17 points off turnovers and 28 points in the paint. On the boards, the Cats grabbed 38 rebounds total with 17 offensive and 21 defensive rebs., dished out nine assists and had a season-high 13 steals.
Bobcats' Keith Brown led scoring with 16 points for double-figures, snatched seven rebounds, dished out three assists and had four steals. Jaloni Davis followed with 13 points for double-figures and had five rebounds and three steals. Nate Carter scored seven points, dished out three assists and had two steals. Keyontai Harris scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds, Zakee Lawson added six points with six rebounds and one assist. Antwone Casteel scored two point with three rebounds and had one steal, Christian Moore contributed two points in the win.
The Bobcats take their momentum back on the road this week as they'll return to New Boston, Texas to compete in the Gunslinger tournament Dec. 7-9. Following tournament play in New Boston will be home Friday Dec. 15 to host Class 6A Arkansas High Razorbacks at Jones Field House Gymnasium.