“It was a great team win. We started off rocky, hung together and made it a basketball game by halftime,” said head coach Bruce Kimball.
“Down the stretch, the team made key stops on defense and big shots on offense.”
The ‘Cats struggled mightily over the first eight minutes as the quick Owls hit a few shots while the Bobcats could not locate the rim. It was all Odem, 13-3, at the end of the first period.
The Bobcats regrouped in between periods and came out strong in the second quarter. The Owls cooled off and the S-T boys found their shooting touches. A 15-9 period for the Bobcats cut into the 10-point deficit and left them trailing by just four, 22-18, at the halftime intermission.
The gap closed to just one point, 33-32, as the Bobcats scored 14 third quarter points while holding the Owls to 11 markers.
The Bobcats got the stops they needed in the fourth quarter and hit a few key baskets over the final eight minutes to deal the Odem boys a 48-45 loss on the night.
The win gives the Bobcats a 4-20 overall record and they stand 2-7 in district play– not bad for a team that at times has three freshmen on the floor to battle with the other team’s experienced varsity corps.
James Rodriguez and Bryan Shaw led the Bobcat scoring attack with 14 points each. Aaron Hughes added seven tallies while Seth Phillips hit for six points. Marcus Sarate contributed five points and Ryan Lakso closed out the score book with two points.
The Bobcats faced the Mathis Pirates on Friday night on the road and will host George West on Tuesday evening.
The JV contest was all Owls, right from thee opening tip. The Odem boys blanked the JV S-T boys 30-0 over the first period of the tilt and cruised to a 60-18 victory in the JV contest.
Dustin Tolken led the S-T scoring with nine points. Elijah Holyfield followed with five points. Ryan Hinojosa and Seth Martin both contributed two markers.