“We started off well offensively as our big man Connor scored 12 in the first quarter. We seemed to be playing well defensively but it seemed like whatever Bloomington threw up was going in,” said head coach Paul Yuma.
The S-T boys poured in 19 first quarter points but Bloomington stayed close with 14 points over the first eight minutes.
The second quarter was even closer. The visitors added one more point to their lead by taking the second period 12-11. The scoreboard had the S-T Bobcats in front, 31-25, at halftime.
The S-T boys changed things up defensively late in the second quarter and reaped the benefits of the change in the third and fourth periods.
“We ran our zone defense early but Bloomington did a good job of being patient and knocking down shots. Midway through the second we switched to a man defense and our intensity picked up and we made them work harder to get good looks offensively,” Yuma said.
“We held them to 19 points in the second half, but six of those were very late in the game when the game was out of reach.”
The Bee County boys rained in 23 third quarter points while holding the home team to 10. That opened the ‘Cat advantage to 54-35 entering the final quarter.
Skidmore hit for 18 over the final minutes and held the hometown Bobcats to nine tallies for an easy, 72-44 victory.
“The team did a great job of getting the ball to our big man, 6-foot-8 Connor McCarn, and Connor did a good job of finishing around the basket. Connor had 20 points in the first and 22 in the second to finish the night with 42 points and 20 rebounds,” Yuma said. “He was very dominant inside.”
The win raises the Bobcat record to 16-13 on the year and 5-3 in district.
The Bobcats have two games remaining on their schedule. Refugio was in Skidmore on Friday night for the S-T Parent’s Night game and Tuesday night the ‘Cats will be in Odem for the season finale.
Zach Mengers followed McCarn’s scoring with nine points. Zach Hall hit for eight and drew praise from coach Yuma for running the offense and his defensive efforts.
“Hall scored eight points and did a great job defensively and bringing the ball down the court and getting us into rhythm offensively,” Yuma said.
Rene Jimenez added four points while Erasmo Huerta hit for three markers. Brandon East, R.J. Estrada and Jonathan Hernandez each had two points in the win.