Last week the Wildcats had three good reasons to be thankful during their chaotic holiday schedule.
The team kicked off it’s home games during the Whitten Inn Classic featuring teams from McMurry University, York College and Sul Ross State.
Before heading into the week, head coach Joe Golding expressed one main concern.
“The biggest fear is figuring out who we are as a team…we can get better, we have plenty of room for improvement,” he said.
The cats dominated in the two games they were scheduled to play, rounding out the week with a chance of redemption against Dallas Baptist after being defeated by the Patriots in its season opener.
The team was in the right mindset Friday, November 16th before facing York College of Nebraska in their first game of the Classic.
The upperclassmen came ready to play, scoring over 86 points.
Senior Guard Eric Lawton had a total of 43 points, shooting 10 of 16 at the line in the first half and nine of 11 in the second and senior center Steven Werner stood out with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
More playmakers were senior Guard Elliot Lloyd, with 12 points and junior Forward Cornelius Cammock with 14 points and six of eight field goal attempts.
The team defeated the York College Panthers 93-82 in the Wildcats’ tournament debut.
Without even taking a breath, the Wildcats closed the Whitten Inn Classic Saturday November 17th, taking on the Sul Ross Lobos.
The team had no fear when entering this game; they defeated the Lobos 83-66.
Freshman guard Parker Wentz and junior Cornelius Cammock shared rights to be among the games high scorers with 11 points a piece.
Center Steven Werner made a statement with 21 points, nine of 15 shooting at the line and 13 rebounds.
In the rematch game against Dallas Baptist last Tuesday the 20th, the team did just what Coach Golding was hoping, they bounced back from the disappointing season opener in which they lost to DBU ,72-79.
“We knew everything we had to do from the mistakes we made in the first game, so we learned from that in the first half, second was a little iffy though,” Golding said.
Senior guard Desmond Woodberry expressed his thoughts about the way his team performed during this second-chance game.
Although the cats struggled to get off to a strong start and maintain a lead, they pulled through and came together to get their third victory to date.
The Wildcat basketball team will match up against West Texas A&M in Cayon tonight at 8 p.m. The contest is right after the girl’s game against WT.
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