Wildcats basketball mid-season wrap-upPublished 12:00pm Saturday, December 22, 2012
By Ed Bailey
With the winter break looming, the BRHS Wildcats are 4-6 as they head into the area schedule.
Despite starting out the season strong with a 25-point blowout victory over Xaiver Moon and the Central-Coosa High School Cougars, the Wildcats have been unable to use the victory to set the tone for the rest of the season.
Following the big win, Benjamin Russell’s boys squad went on to drop its next three games, as the offense that was present in the season-opener disappeared.
The Wildcats averaged 55 points per game during the losing stretch while giving up an average of 64 points per contest in losses to Sylacauga High School, Dadeville High School and Horseshoe Bend High School.
BRHS began to show signs of life as they won back-to-back games against Childersburg High School and Auburn High School to boost its record back to .500.
The games came down to the wire as the Wildcats won both games by a combined three points. Their momentum came to a halt, once again compliments of the Dadeville Tigers.
The Tigers handed Benjamin Russell an 83-78 defeat in a game that needed not one, but two overtime periods to complete. BRHS cracked the 70-point scoring plateau for just the second time that season.
After a 13-point defeat at the hands of Talladega High School dropped the Wildcats to 3-5 on the year, Benjamin Russell bested the Booker T. Washington High School’s Golden Eagles to gain a leg up in the area standings.
That advantage would be short lived as Valley defeated Benjamin Russell this past Thursday by a score of 56-38. The 38 points is a season-low scoring output for the Wildcats so far.
Next up for Benjamin Russell is Shane’s Rib Shack Holiday Tournament in Kathleen, Ga. The tournament is scheduled to take place Thursday, Dec. 27 thru Saturday, Dec. 29.
Following the after-Christmas tournament, BRHS faces a three-game slate away from home to start off 2013. BRHS has won only once away from friendly confines.
The road slate consists of two area opponents, Marbury High School and Booker T. Washington High School. A tilt with Sylacauga follows the match-up with the Golden Eagles.
BRHS’ next home game will be on Friday, Jan. 18 as they take on the Bulldogs of Marbury High.