Late in the second quarter and again early in the third, the Diamond Wildcats had Southwest reeling.

But the Trojans came up with big plays when it counted and beat Diamond for the second time this season, 56-51.


Late in the second quarter and again early in the third, the Diamond Wildcats had Southwest reeling.

But the Trojans came up with big plays when it counted and beat Diamond for the second time this season, 56-51.

The loss eliminated the Wildcats from the district tournament and ended their season. Diamond finished 23-3, easily the best mark of any team in the area.

“It’s hard to describe,” Diamond coach Brandon Rabel said of the team’s emotions after the loss. “This team has been through so much. Nobody likes to lose, especially this group. I think the guys are hurting for a lot of reasons.”

Late in the second quarter, Diamond went on a run and took a 31-30 lead. With about 20 seconds before halftime, Diamond came away with a steal and had a chance to extend the lead going into the half. But Southwest stole the ball right back and drained a 3-pointer to go up 33-31.

“It was a big play,” Rabel said. “Having a lead at half would have been nice in a game like this. But more importantly, I?felt that three at the end of the half kind of gave them a shot in the arm and gave them energy.”

Early in the third, Diamond went on another run and took a 40-37 lead. With all of the momentum seemingly on the side of the Wildcats, Southwest made another big play, sinking a 3-pointer and getting fouled. The Trojans would take the lead back with the free throw and never trail again.

“That was another one of those momentum plays,” Rabel said. “That was the second time they hit a three after getting two offensive rebounds. To do that and then have a four-point play. If they don’t hit that, we may be going down and stretching the lead out. Give them credit, they hit the shots.”

The game was never out of hand. Diamond never trailed by more than five points. But in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats only scored six points.

Kyle Heman led the Diamond attack with 20 points. Jared Huffman chipped in with 13. Other scorers for Diamond were: Logan Myers 6, Ryan Jinks 5, Chance Hardy 3 and Trent Hayes 2.