JV Wildcats beat Aggies, get first win of 2013-14Published 8:46pm Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The Benjamin Russell Wildcats junior varsity basketball team got its first win of the year with a 66-37 smothering of Sylacauga.
The Wildcats are now 1-2 on the season, and Sylacauga dropped to 0-3.
“Both teams came in winless, so both teams really wanted it,” said BRHS head JV coach Cecil Holinquest. “It was a great defensive effort on our part. Sylacauga is a great rivalry for us. They played well.”
Both teams traded baskets to open the game, as BRHS headed into the second quarter up 9-7.
The Wildcats proceeded to blow the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Aggies 22-8.
“We really ramped up our defense in the second quarter,” Holinquest said. “I thought our guards did a great job of containing their guards and setting the tone for our team.”
With a 31-15 lead at the half, BRHS was able to coast to a win from that point.
BRHS’ Quen Reese led all players with 19 points. Tyre Gray added 13 points.
For Sylacauga, the high man was B.J. Averett, who scored 11.
“Hopefully this win gets things turned around for us,” Holinquest said.
Holinquest added that there were still things the teams needed to work on, but overall he felt that the team was starting to turn the corner.
“We only shot 50 percent from the free throw line,” he said. “But on the plus side, we got 32 points from our bench. That coupled with our defense was great. I’m glad to see the guys buying in to what we’re teaching. They’re beginning to show some confidence in their shot selection. There’s a lot of things we need to improve on, but I think we have a bright future.”
BRHS will try to make it two in a row when they take on Childersburg Thursday night before the varsity hoops action.
“It’s time to put this one behind us and look to Childersburg,” Holinquest said. “It’s going to be another tough game.”