Cougars Battle Sloan-Hendrix, Play in WBC Tourney
The Rector Cougars dropped a regular season game to Sloan-Hendrix last week, then advanced to the second round of the WBC tourney. Wednesday evening they fell to Riverside and were eliminated from the bracket.
What a difference a half makes.
Rector's senior boys played toe-to-toe with an outstanding Sloan-Hendrix team in the first half of basketball action at home Tuesday of last week, but the tide turned after intermission as the Greyhounds posted a 74-45 victory.
The Cougars came out on fire in the first quarter, rolling to a 12-1 lead and ending the first quarter on top, 21-5. Kirk Beshears had a great quarter, scoring 12 points and nailing three treys. Max Ford also
added a pair of three-pointers as the Cougars could do no wrong.
Sloan-Hendrix began chipping away at the lead in the second period, scoring 12 straight points in one stretch and finally closing to 35-30 on a banked three-pointer by Colby Johnson at the buzzer.
The second half was all Sloan, as the visitors outscored the Cougars 44-10 to win going away.
Senior guard Johnson was the key as the notched 19 of his 26 points in the second half. The Greyhounds hit 12 three-pointers in the game, compared to six for Rector.
Sloan-Hendrix entered the game with a 9-1 record and was the top-seeded team in this week's WBC Tournament at Walnut Ridges.
"We learned two things in the game," Rector coach Matt Mills said. "We saw in the first half that we can play with anybody on our schedule. In the second half we saw that we are not ready to do that.
"In the second half we didn't show much resilience. When the ball started rolling downhill on us, we didn't do a good job of stopping it."
Beshears led Rector scoring with 17 points, all in the first half. Also scoring were Ford 13, Andrew Carter 4, Sam Simmons 4, Hunter McNeely 3 and Cade Watson 3. In addition to Johnson, also in double figures for S-H was Hunter Stallings with 13. Rector went 6-13 at the charity stripe and Sloan-Hendrix was 16-20.
The visitors won the junior boys game, 55-51, in double overtime.
The teams were tied 2-2 after one frame. The Hounds were on top 19-13 at the break, but Rector came back for a 33-28 third period lead. The contest was tied at 40 after regulation and 47 after the first extra period.
Lastin Lindsey with 19 and Adam Romine with 12 were in double figures for Rector. Also scoring were John Hendrix 5, Trey Horton 5, Joseph Baker 4, Lane Stucks 2, Zane McNeely 2 and Keaton Speer 2. Bryan Vance had 22 for S-H and Garrett Reese added 19.
Rector's Cougars advanced in the Williams Baptist College Tournament with a 63-46 win Saturday afternoon over Maynard.
"I thought we looked very sluggish in the first half," Rector coach Matt Mills said. "But we played our best half of the year in the second half. All the pieces really came together."
The Cougars trailed 11-9 after one period of play, but rebounded for a 27-19 halftime advantage. Rector increased the lead to 40-31 after three frames and posted 23 points in the fourth quarter to win going away.
Kirk Beshears led the Rector attack with 16 points and Max Ford was right behind with 13. Also scoring were Sam Simmons 9 (all in the second half), Cade Watson 7, Cody Ails 6, Trey Rodden 6, Conly Lockhart 2, Andrew Carter 2 and Kale Hardin 2. Halliburton paced Maynard with 10.
The Cougars had six three-pointers in the game.
The Cougars play at home Tuesday of next week against Ridgefield Christian and travel Friday to CRA.