The Purple JV squad went down to the wire to edge the Eagles 24-23 in the first game of the evening.
Trailing with just seconds left on the clock, Bobcat Dominick Stewart threw up a desperation shot from just inside the halfcourt line. The shot went wide but he was fouled just before the final buzzer.
Stewart stepped to the line with the game in his hands. The score was 23-22 with the home team trailing. The first free throw banged off the rim but he had two chances left. The second shot caught nothing but net to tie the game at 23-23. One more was needed to win the game. Stewart hit the rim but it went through the nets for the wild Bobcat victory, 24-23.
“The JV Purple played with a lot of heart and kept fighting. The kids had an opportunity at the end and came through,” said JV coach Matthew Harrington.
Stewart led the S-T scoring with 13 points. Jeffery Ortiz sank six. Juan Trevino had four points and Travis Weaver contributed one free throw.
The S-T JV Gold squad had an easier time as they blasted the Eagles 30-16 in the second game of the night.
A switch in defenses seemed to turn the game into the young Bobcats’ favor. After trailing 8-2 in the first period, the coach switched to a zone defense, away from a man-to-man.
“Once we switched to a zone, the defense settled down and started getting some turnovers,” said Harrington.
The Gold team outscored the visitors 28-8 the rest of the way to capture a 30-26 victory.
Hudson Wallace finished with 13 points to lead the team. Jonathan Hernandez, Brandon Smith and Chance Schirmer all made four points in the win. R.J. Estrada contributed three markers and Jeremy Byrd closed the scoring with two.
The JV Bobcats will be back on the court on Tuesday night in Three Rivers to challenge the feisty Bulldogs.