The Sulphur 8th grade boy’s basketball team defeated the Lone Grove Longhorns on Monday evening by a score of 47-28.
The Bulldogs would come out hot to begin the game, hitting a couple of 3 point baskets as they would score 14 points in the first quarter. The Bulldogs took their aggressive offense and turned it into aggressive defense as their sagging man to man defense would give the Longhorns fits all evening. Forced turnovers and assignment defense allowed the Bulldogs to hold Lone Grove to just 3 first quarter points. Sulphur continued to play good defense in the second quarter and some hot shooting by Mace Mobly, as well as a big 3 point basket by Garrett Stinson would give the Bulldogs a 25-11 advantage at half. The second half would prove to be more of the same as Sulphur continued to be aggressive on defense and couple it with timely offense to keep a 34-22 lead after 3 quarters. In the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs were able to get everyone in the game and continue to play hard leading to the final score of sulphur 47, Lone Grove 28.
“I was really happy with how the guys played tonight. We haven’t played since before Christmas break so you really never know what your’e going to get after a long lay off. I can tell that our guys put some time into the gym over the break. We shot the ball much better tonight than we were before the break and I thought our defense was outstanding. We played man to man defense tonight and our guys communicated and worked really hard and it showed. It was a challenge and I really thought they accepted the challenge and executed. Offensively we had such balanced scoring that it was tough to key on any one player. And I enjoy the attitude and effort I get from these guys. Through about 3 quarters we played about 10-11 different guys in a normal rotation and each person accepts their role and does their job. Jace does a great job of setting the tone and getting us in an offense. Mace is our hot hand, always ready to shoot and he hits some big shots. Pettifer really focuses on defense and getting out in fast break. Brandon plays big inside and gets crucial rebounds. Reese does a little bit of everything for us. He scores, defends, handles the ball, you name it. And then our bench is what really helps us. Kolby Woodell gives Brandon a break and we don’t miss a beat. Michael Cain comes of the bench and plays as hard as he can defensively and takes care of the ball, and Brant is the same way. and G-Money Stinson and J- Boles come in and provide us with offense that we need. I really am proud of all of them. Nanney never complains and plays hard when he’s in there, same with Erving, Brex, Slaughter, and Justin McBroom. They all just have great attitudes and takes advantage of the opportunity when it comes. Then at the end of the game to get to see Cade Claggett get in there and play is really rewarding. He didn’t play last year and he’s come out this year and gotten better and it’s just awesome as a coach to get to see a kid’s hard work pay off and a smile on his face. Then to watch our kids cheer him and the rest of the guys on, that’s what its about and that’s why I enjoy coaching junior high basketball.”
The win pushed Sulphur’s record to 6-3 overall.The Bulldogs’ next scheduled contest is Monday January 22 at home against the Plainview Indians.