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Boys basketball: Ponder secures fifth straight Battle of 156 victory with 73-45 decision over Krum

PONDER -- When a team trails by double digits early against Ponder, it's tough to climb back.

The Lions, No. 5 in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches poll, secured their fifth consecutive victory with a 73-45 decision over Krum in the Battle of 156 on Tuesday night.

"We're six miles apart, so when Krum comes to town we know we're going to get a good shot," Ponder coach Jude Stanley said.

Unfortunately for Krum, the Lions' Tye Schluter didn't let the Bobcats get things going. Schluter drilled three 3-pointers on his way to an 11-point first quarter to give Ponder a 21-9 lead it would extend later on.

Schluter poured in a season-high 33 points, converting nine treys. Dean Akins chipped in with 19 and Blake Gibson and Rylan Waldo scored six apiece.

"When [the Lions] get into a groove, they're a tough team," first-year Krum coach Corey Wallace said. "We tried switching defenders on [Schluter], but once he's hot, he's hot.

"It was tough. He's a great player, and we tried to slow him down the best we could."

Krum point guard Remi May was sidelined with a nosebleed he had throughout the majority of the second frame to stop the bleeding, which is what his teammates were trying to do, trailing by as much as 19 late in the quarter.

May recorded 17 points. Houston Porter got to the charity stripe in the second and third quarters, chipping in 11 points.

"He's our motor," Wallace said of May. "He brings the intensity our team matches and helps keep us in games, so when that happened and Ponder kept hitting their shots, it was an uphill battle."

By halftime, the Bobcats trailed 35-18.

Schluter opened the second half with the first of his trio of third-quarter treys, giving the Lions a 20-point lead they would extend to 24 in the third.

Krum (1-3) posted an 18-point third frame, but each time it would cut into Ponder's lead, Schluter would bury another 3-pointer.

"We're both playing in the Bowie tournament this weekend, and Bowie is ranked No. 1 in the state [in Class 3A], so it'll be a fun atmosphere," Stanley said.

Wallace looks forward to progressing against Bowie and Ponder. 

"We've got film on both, so we'll look at it, make the necessary adjustments and play them closer and get a win or two."

Ponder 73, Krum 45

Ponder 21 14 20 18 -- 73
Krum 9 9 18 9 -- 45

Ponder (4-1) -- Rylan Waldo 6, Blake Gibson 6, Tye Schluter 33, Sam Hutcherson 5, Cameron Clark 3, Trent Akins 1, Dean Akins 19.

Krum (1-3) -- Carter Marquis 3, Remi May 17, Brock Hughes 4, Zack Kirk 2, Bryson Laird 8, Houston Porter 11.