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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Hobbled Wildcats keep winning

  • Despite missing one of their main catalysts on the floor the past three games, the Diamond Wildcats have continued to put up victories. Monday was no exception as the Wildcats rolled past Jasper, 59-46 in a Spring River Valley Conference showdown.
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  • Despite missing one of their main catalysts on the floor the past three games, the Diamond Wildcats have continued to put up victories. Monday was no exception as the Wildcats rolled past Jasper, 59-46 in a Spring River Valley Conference showdown.
    After suffering an injury a week ago, Diamond’s Ryan Jinks, an integral part of the team’s success, was only well enough on Monday to return to the floor in limited duty. But the Wildcats covered for their shaken comrade with stellar defense, and the Eagles struggled mightily in the first half.
    The Wildcats (11-3, 2-0 SRVC) held the Eagles to 13 combined points in the first half and led 21-13 at the intermission. They would go on to allow 21 points in the fourth quarter alone, but it didn’t matter. Diamond’s offense continued to get better as the game went along. The Wildcats scored 15 points in the third quarter and 23 more in the fourth to keep the Eagles at bay.
    “A road win is a good win,” Wildcats coach Brandon Rabel said. “Offensively we were kind of stagnant, but defensively we were really good. It’s hard for a coach to be completely satisfied, but a win is a win.”
    Logan Myers stepped up in a big way for the Wildcats as he poured in 22 to lead all scorers. Jinks, who saw a few sporadic minutes in the second and fourth quarters, still managed to rattle in eight points while Brodie Bien added seven, Evan Moreland five, Darren Russow five, Trent Hayes five, Austin Singleton four, Tanner Paradeis two and Cort Hardy one.
    Leading the Eagles was Matt Stump with 16 points, J.C. Helms 10, Dustin Cox 10, Mike Spicer six, Austin Sweeney two, Jacob Holliday one and Blake Jeffries one.
    The game was proceeded by a thriller in the junior varsity game as the Wildcats pulled out a 41-38 win on a 30-foot 3-pointer by Diamond’s Michael Bray at the buzzer.

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