The Sulphur Bulldogs 8th grade boys basketball team defeated the Madill Wildcats by a score of 62-39 on Monday evening. The Bulldogs came out to a hot start while maintaining great defense as they would take a, 18-6 lead early. Mace Mobly came out on fire, dropping 9 points within the first 6 minutes of play. The Bulldogs would continue the dominant offense performance as Garrett Stinson and Jace Gilbert would combine for 17 points. Brandon Lloyd added in 9 points of his own and Sulphur would lead 39-18 after the first half. The Bulldogs wouldn’t let up in the 2nd half as they continued to play good defense and score at will. It would prove to be the Bulldogs night as they would finish off the game winning 62-39. Brandon Lloyd and Jace Gilbert led the Bulldogs in points, scoring 17 and 15 respectively. Mace Mobly added 9, Garrett Stinson 7, Chris Hymes 5, Carson Pettifer 4, and Quinton Nanney would cap off the scoring with 3 points of his own.
“I am really proud of our guys for the way we played tonight. Coming off of Thanksgiving break, you don’t always know what to expect. I thought our guys executed exactly what we were trying to do on defense and we really got after it on offense. Our ball movement and aggressiveness was fantastic. I feel like our team meshes well. I always speak to them about different players having different roles. If you’re a scorer, score. If you are a defensive stopper, play defense. If you don’t play a single second, then you bring energy from the bench and be the best teammate you can be. I feel like we each take pride in our roles and it showed tonight. I am proud of how much our guard play has improved since the Tishomingo loss. Jace, Mace, Michael, and Carson really take care of the ball for that first unit and it allows us to do what we want to do. I really thought Brandon Lloyd had a good game tonight. I challenged him and he was physical. Not only did our starters play well, but we are getting great bench production. It isn’t always points. Brant Flood, Kolby Woodell, and Angel Robledo are always ready when their name gets called. They come in and play great defense and rebound hard and they are just great at understanding their role and playing within themselves and helping our team. I was extremely proud of Garrett Stinson tonight. He worked so hard in the off season and it really showed. He went on a 7 point scoring spurt to push the lead. Chris Hymes came in and gave us 5 quick points also. There were several guys that contributed. It’s nice to have so many kids who can come in and contribute. I really enjoy coaching these guys, they’ve got great attitudes and they are fun to be around.” – Sulphur Coach Robert Thomas
The win pushed Sulphur’s record to 3 and 1. Their next scheduled contest will take place Monday, December 4th at Byng.