Friday’s game against the Seneca Indians was a tale of two halves for the Diamond boys basketball team.
The Indians took control early as a sluggish first half by the Wildcats helped Seneca jump out to a 25-16 lead at the half. But a pep talk at halftime by coach Brandon Rabel seemed to awaken the Wildcats as they stormed out on a 17-7 tear through the third quarter and went on to win the game, 48-44.
It was a big win for the Wildcats, now 9-2 overall, after one of their two losses this season came at the hands of the Indians at the Seneca Tournament earlier this season.
“Man, I’m proud of the guys,” Rabel said. “Seneca put it to us the first time. We said that if we’re ever going to be the team we hope we’re going to be we’ve got to be able to fight it out and not just roll over and take it. We did that, I thought. We showed some fight (on Friday), and I was real proud of that.”
The Wildcats got the bulk of their offense from three players as Ryan Jinks led the team with 20 points while Logan Myers and Trent Hayes each scored 11. Darren Russow and Brodie Bien each scored three points.
“We still have lots of areas to grow in,” Rabel added. “Our end of quarter execution is one of them. Coach (Will) King is a great coach. (The Indians) execute well at the end of quarters. They executed well at the end of quarters tonight, and we were still able to pull it out. It was a really nice win.”
The loss dropped the Indians to 7-4. They were led by Bradley Jumper with 12 points, followed by Chance Smith with eight, Logan St. Clair seven, Seth Harris six, Kyler Ng four, Elias Roelfsema four and Shane Murphy three.
The Wildcats travel to Lamar for a 6 p.m. tilt on Monday.
Seneca entertains Purdy at 6 p.m. Tuesday.