DIAMOND — Diamond head coach Jacob Srigley said that missed free throws and turnovers were the story during the Wildcats’ 69-61 double overtime loss Tuesday night to Thomas Jefferson.
Diamond — 1-1 on the season — returns to action in the late game Friday night against Wheaton. The Wildcats follow Thomas Jefferson and McAuley Catholic, who start at 6 p.m.
Hunter Renfro scored 19 points to lead the way for Diamond, scoring eight of his total in the second quarter that produced 21 points overall and a 32-21 halftime lead for the Wildcats.
Thomas Jefferson outscored Diamond 30-19 in the second half, including 14-7 in the fourth quarter, a fact that must have been frustrating to all involved for the Wildcats.
Lockwood transfer Trey Coose added 17 more points for the Diamond cause and Chad Stephens tallied eight more for a trio of players that produced 44 of the Wildcats’ 61 points.
Diamond held Thomas Jefferson freshman Dhruv Gheewala — listed at 6-foot-1, 160 pounds — to a mere two points in the first half (both in the second quarter), then Gheewala heated up after halftime for 17 points in the second half and two overtimes. Gheewala’s three 3-point shots contributed to nearly half of his 19 points.
Aaron Wells added 17 points, all his points coming after the Cavaliers managed a mere seven points on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Wells made all five of his free throw attempts.
Andrew Corle had 16 points for the now 2-0 Cavaliers.
Thomas Jefferson’s trio of Gheewala, Wells, and Corle outgunned Diamond’s trio of Renfro, Coose, and Stephens 52-44.
Each team had two players foul out, including Renfro for Diamond and Corle for Thomas Jefferson.
In the other boys game Tuesday, McAuley rolled past Wheaton 62-36.