In the first contest, the seventh-grade ‘Cats fell behind 7-4 at the end of the first quarter. The young Greyhounds scored nine points while holding the visitors to four points during the second period to take a 16-8 lead into the half.
In the third period, the ‘Cats managed to tie the ‘Hounds as both squads hit for four points in the quarter. The Bobcats still trailed the Greyhounds 20-12 going into the final frame.
The Bobcats made a game out of it by outscoring the Greyhounds 8-3 in that final few minutes, but came up just a little short, losing 23-20.
Nathan Magana led the ‘Cats with 12 points. Jacob Martinez finished with six and Aaron Hughes closed out the scoring with two. The loss gives the young Bobcats a 3-5 record on the year.
In the eighth-grade tilt, a game which turned out to be a tale of two halves, the ‘Hounds jumped out to a 13-7 lead after the opening period. The second quarter was more of the same as the Greyhounds used their outside shooting to take the quarter 9-4 over the Bobcats. That made it a 22-11 Greyhound lead at the half.
It was in the second half when the ‘Cats began their furious comeback. S-T tallied 10 points to the home team’s nine in the third period to trail 31-21. In the final frame, the ‘Cats offense woke up while the S-T defense also came up big by allowing the Greyhounds just one free throw over the final minutes. The Bobcats scored 12 points over those last few minutes to capture a thrilling 33-32 win. A last second Taft shot fell just short to preserve the S-T victory.
Brandon East led the ‘Cats in scoring with 13 points with two treys. The last one was the shot that put the ‘Cats ahead for good. Jon Hernandez chipped in with seven. Hudson Wallace finished with six. R.J. Estrada hit for four and Dominick Stewart sank two. Pedro Torres completed the S-T scoring with one free throw.
Coaches acknowledged the defensive play of Ryan Scott, Steven Daugherty and Tim Campbell as also instrumental in the win. The young ‘Cats stand at 6-2 on the season.