The 8th grade Sulphur Boy’s basketball team defeated the Byng Pirates 30-20 on Monday night in the Bertha Frank Teague Gymnasium.
The game got off to a slow start as both teams would struggle shooting, with a total of 7 points being scored in the first quarter. The scoring never really picked up for either team, as there seemed to be a lid on the rim all night. The Bulldogs managed only 13 first half points, with Jace Gilbert scoring 10 of them. Luckily for the Bulldogs, their defense was unwavering all evening. Sulphur never allowed double digits in any single quarter and took a 5 point lead into halftime. The Bulldogs would continue to play stellar defense as they allowed just 6 points in the third quarter while managing to put in 11 points themselves. After three quarters of play, Sulphur led 24-14 in part to a 5 point scoring burst by Reese Ratchford. In the fourth, The Bulldogs would only put in 6 points but they were crucial baskets by Mace Mobly, Brayzen Slaughter, and Jace Gilbert. Defensively, the Bulldogs allowed 6 points in the period, with the final score being sulphur 30, Byng 20.
“I was proud of the grit the fellas showed tonight. We had our worst shooting night of the year but somehow found a way to get it done. We talk about offense and shooting coming and going, but your defense should remain constant every night. Any time you can hold an opponent to 20 points, you’ve got a chance to win. We struggled making layups and shooting tonight. It is something that if you let frustrate you, it can impact the entire game. Our guys didn’t do that though, they continued to play hard and battle for a win. I am excited about them overcoming adversity like that. I played 12 or 13 different kids tonight. I was really just trying to find a spark in any way. I am proud of our guys because some of them haven’t played much this year but they were ready when their name was called and they got out there and played hard. This is a blessed group. There are about 15-16 kids that could start for most teams on any given year and some of them don’t get to play as much as they’d like but they continue to work hard and have great attitudes. That’s all you can ask for as a coach. A team that works hard and has a great attitude.”
The win pushed Sulphur’s record to 4-1 on the season, 2-0 in conference. The Bulldog’s next contest is scheduled for Thursday, December 7 at Tishomingo at 6PM.