The ’Cats will earn a first round bye in the postseason playoffs and will play the winner of the Marion vs. Goliad contest at a site and time yet to be determined in the area round.
The two squads opened the game last Tuesday with each squad hitting for 15 points in the opening quarter. The Bobcat defense limited the Greyhounds to just eight second quarter points while the transition game led to 12 S-T markers. It was a 27-23 contest at the half with the Bobcats holding the four-point edge.
Taft owned the third quarter as the Greyhound offense solved the S-T defense to pour in 23 points. The Bobcats scored 12 points but fell behind 46-39.
The Bobcats turned things around in the final quarter as their defense again found its luster and shut down the Hounds’ offense. Taft hit for only six points that period and the Bobcats rallied for 24 to regain the lead and coast to victory.
“Taft is always a tough team to beat. We stepped it up when we needed to in the fourth and came away with the win,” said Bobcat head coach Adam Woollam.
Eric Schumacher led the Bobcats with 25 points. Zeke Huerta followed with 18. Erasmo Huerta sank seven, and Brandon East added six tallies. Jon Hernandez tossed in four points, and Ryan Scott had three.
As district champs, the Bobcats have a bye in the postseason playoffs in the first round. The Cats played a warm-up contest with state-ranked Port Aransas on Friday. The Marlins beat the Bobcats in the tune-up, 75-59.