Diamond’s defense played about as good as a team can in the fourth quarter as they closed on a 15-2 run to win the varsity boys’ Spring River Valley Conference tilt 58-37 on Tuesday.
After taking a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, the Wildcats struggled in the second and the Bears closed the gap to tie it at 24 at halftime. The Wildcats answered with their best quarter of the game in the third, 19 points, to go in front by eight (43-35), before putting it away in the fourth.
“In the fourth quarter I thought we played defensively about as well as we can play,” Wildcats coach Brandon Rabel said. “We finally started to rebound the ball well, and I thought that made a huge difference.”
Ryan Jinks led the Wildcats with 18 points, while Logan Myers and Darren Russow each tossed in 12, Brodie Bien nine, Trent Hayes five and Evan Moreland two.
Justin Myers led the Bears with 15 points, while Garrett Triplett and Austin Lynch both had nine and Riley Anderson four.
The Wildcats edged Sarcoxie in the “B” game, 30-28, as Tanner Paradeis led the Wildcats with 12 points.
Diamond (19-5, 7-1 conference) entertains Greenfield at 6 p.m. Friday.