DIAMOND — The Diamond Wildcats ended 2017 with eight straight losses and they began 2018 with a 50-33 loss Tuesday night against Lockwood, outscored 10-2 in the final quarter.
Diamond senior Hunter Renfro scored the Wildcats’ lone points of the fourth, giving him a team-high 10 points for the night.
Ben Moreland scored all seven of his points in the third quarter, hitting a trifecta and a pair of traditional field goals. Moreland helped the Wildcats score 16 in the third and earn a 40-31 score entering the final eight minutes.
Christian Maturino netted six points, on trifectas in the first and third, respectively, while Colton Long scored five points for the 2-10 Wildcats, who are still looking for their first win in Spring River Valley Conference play and their first win period since Dec. 1 against Wheaton, a 44-22 win in the Wildcats’ home tournament.
Diamond knocked down three of its four 3-point goals in that third quarter, with a trey from Austin Grube in the Maturino and Moreland trifecta mix.
Neither team’s leading scorer produced a point in that third quarter, but it was still a memorable night for Lockwood’s Cade Holman, because the Tigers earned a conference win, their first win of a new year, and avoided three straight losses.
Holman scored a game-high 26 points with nine in the first and 11 in the second giving him 20 points alone in the first half.
Lockwood led 28-15 at halftime, thanks to a 14-4 advantage in the second quarter. The Wildcats, in fact, were outscored in the 24-6 in the even-numbered quarters, a number largely responsible for Diamond’s 17-point defeat.
Paxton Masterson and Logan Sparkman each added six points for Lockwood, who improved to 4-4 overall entering Friday’s game against El Dorado Springs.
Diamond, meanwhile, returns to action Friday night against Seneca, who defeated the Wildcats 50-26 in their first meeting at Seneca.
In the varsity girls contest, Lockwood defeated Diamond 60-21. The Lady Wildcats are 0-9 entering Thursday’s home game against fellow winless team East Newton, 0-10 entering the new year.