After a rocky end to the first quarter, Diamond turned up the heat in the final three periods and went on to bury Golden City, 67-36, in a Spring River Valley Conference varsity boys basketball game on Tuesday.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first quarter before watching the Eagles close on a 12-4 run to tie it at 13. Once they had a chance to regroup, the Wildcats took off.
The Eagles never recovered from a lopsided second quarter in which they were outscored 19-6. After that, they were never a factor. The Wildcats outscored them 35-17 in the second half.
“We made mental mistakes again,” Wildcats coach Brandon Rabel said of the first quarter slide. “It did smooth out well, I think. We were able to pound it inside where we had an advantage. Trent (Hayes) and Logan (Myers) did a nice job.”
Diamond had nine players score in the game. Hayes led the team with 19 points, while Myers added 16, Evan Moreland had nine, Ryan Jinks and Michael Bray scored five each, Cort Hardy and Tanner Paradeis tallied three, and Brodie Bien added four.
“I felt like our second unit gave us some energy,” Rabel said. “A coach would love to get every kid in every game. Several of them played well, so I was pleased with that.”
Dakota Triplett led the Eagles with 15 points, while Wyatt Scott added 10, Elijah Pitts seven, Gus Scott and Zach Sipes each had two.
The Wildcats (18-4, 6-0 SRVC) entertain Liberal at 6 p.m. Friday.