The home-standing Bobcats team led throughout most of the Kenedy game, but in a low-scoring game, the Lions came back and defeated the Bobcats, 17-16.
The end of the first half saw Skidmore-Tynan leading 11-6, but the ‘Cats went completely cold in the fourth quarter as the visitors outscored them 7-1.
“We were not patient enough against Kenedy’s zone defense. Instead of moving the ball like we should and looking for holes in the zone, we forced some bad shots, especially in the second half,” said JV coach Matt Harrington,
The leading scorer for the Bobcats was Ryan Scott with seven points. Jeremy Byrd, Dominick Stewart and Chance Schirmer each had two markers. Hudson Wallace, J.D. White and Sterling McHorse each added one free throw.
The second game of the week saw the Bobcats travel to Taft in their first district game of the year.
In a back-and-forth match, Skidmore-Tynan gained revenge for last week’s tournament loss to the Greyhounds, winning 39-37.
The ‘Hounds led at halftime 18-15, but the Bobcats came out hot in the second half and pulled out the win at the last second.
With about 15 seconds left in the game, the ‘Hounds put full-court pressure on the ‘Cats. The Bobcats broke the press, getting a pass to Byrd down the right sideline as time was running down. Schirmer was running right down the lane with only one Greyhound to defend two Bobcats.
Byrd hit Schirmer in stride for an easy lay-up to put the Bobcats ahead 39-37 with four seconds left. The ‘Hounds got one last shot with a desperation heave from beyond the three-point line with ‘Cat defender R.J. Estrada contesting the shot. It clanged harmlessly off the backboard.
“We did a much better job of working our offense. The kids were disappointed after the loss to Kenedy, and had two hard, physical practices to get ready for Taft,” coach Harrington said.
“I’m very proud of the boys for all their hard work and perseverance this year. The wins haven’t been coming as often as we like, but the guys are working their tails off. With district just getting rolling, we think more wins will start coming.”
Leading the scoring for the Bobcats were McHorse with 12 points, Estrada added 11 and Schirmer pitched in eight. Wallace and Scott each tallied three points, and Byrd sank two.
On Tuesday, the Bobcats traveled to Banquete to take on the Bulldogs. On Friday, the Bloomington Bobcats pay a visit to Skidmore.