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The Cuba Wildcat varsity boys started strong and finished strong in their basketball season opener on the road at Houston. The Wildcats knocked off the Tigers 68-42 on November 26 to get the new season off to a winning start.
“We came out pretty good right out of the gate,” said Coach Justin Pock. “I thought we rebounded the ball well, and we played good defensively. There are always some things you see that need cleaning up after your first game, but overall I thought it was a good start to what we want to achieve this year. It was a good effort our first time out.”
Playing their trademark pressure defense and run-and-gun, transition style of offense, the CHS boys put up 22 points in the first quarter alone and had taken a 17-point lead by halftime.
Up 37-20 at the break, with Bryer Nash accounting for 12 of those 37 first-half points, the Wildcats went on to break the game even farther open in the third quarter. Cuba put up 17 in the third against Houston’s 11 points. The Cats then scored 14 in the fourth quarter and went to win by 26.
“We got scoring from several guys, which is what we want to see this season. It’s going to be a different guy every night. You just don’t know where our offense is going to come from, which is a strength for us—that anybody on this team can score points for us,” said Coach Pock.
Bryer Nash and Ryan Bouse led the Cats at Houston, each scoring 18 points. Taylor Thompson contributed 11 points, Brendan Wild nine, Cameron Williams six, Tyler Fieser four, and Dylan Warren two.
The junior varsity also played at Houston that night, but took it on the chin in a 31-22 final. Complete scoring statistics were not kept at the game, but the JV Cats stayed in it until late in the fourth quarter.
“It was a three-point game with three minutes to play,” explained JV Coach Mike Hohe. “Our trouble this year will be scoring and who is going to give it to us. Our strength will be our defense. I think this team is going to show a lot of improvement over the next few weeks. We’re going to surprise some people over the course of this season as we come together as a group.”