The Diamond Wildcats put together a solid first quarter and never looked back as they pounded Wheaton, 71-46, in a varsity nonconference basketball game to celebrate homecoming Friday at Diamond High School.
The Wildcats (17-4) jumped out to a 21-8 lead by the end of the first quarter, before going on a 19-7 spurt in the third to take a 59-34 lead into the final period.
Diamond’s inferior size advantage in the post played a key role as Logan Myers chewed up the Bulldogs for 25 points. The Wildcats made a point to work the ball inside, and Wheaton seemingly could do nothing to stop it.
“Offensively, we did a good job taking advantage of our size inside,” Diamond coach Brandon Rabel said. “We had a clear advantage in size inside, and did a good job of exploiting that on the offensive end.”
Rabel says he still has yet to see four complete quarters from his team this season.
“We had a couple of good quarters, but we still are not playing all four,” Rabel said. “We haven’t played a complete game yet this season, which is OK. We want to see that when we start to peak later on.”
Ryan Jinks and Trent Hayes followed Myers with 14 points each, while Darren Russow poured in seven, Evan Moreland six, Brodie Bien and Austin Singleton two and Cort Hardy one.
Matt Hickman and Justin Yeary had 17 points apiece for the Bulldogs, while Tyler Musick added 10 and Chase Cantwell had two.
Diamond won the junior varsity game, 19-15, in one quarter. Tanner Paradeis led the Wildcats with seven points.
The Wildcats are back in action at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Golden City.