Basketball: Guyer pulls into tie up top

Comments () A Text Size
David Minton/DRC
Guyer senior Josh Jordan (30) tries to get past a block by Trophy Club Nelson junior Emmanuel Nzekwesi (33), Tuesday, January 28, 2014, at Guyer High School.
2 of 13 Previous Image Next Image

Wildcats dominate second half for win over first-place Nelson

After an emotional loss to crosstown rival Denton on Friday night, the Guyer Wildcats had to bounce back Tuesday night to play a game that was even more meaningful in the District 5-4A pecking order.

The Wildcats responded by playing perhaps their best 10 minutes of the season to spark an 18-point run en route to a 53-38 victory over Trophy Club Nelson at Wildcat Gymnasium.

The win puts Guyer and No. 23 Nelson (19-7, 8-2 district) in a first-place tie in 5-4A, and ends the season series with a split with four games remaining.

“I thought it came down to defense tonight, and it was a great team win,” Guyer coach Grant Long said. “We held them to 11 points in the second half. Over the end of the second [quarter], third and fourth, we just wanted it more and locked down.

“I thought our defense turned into our offense and really sparked that run.”

Guyer (14-9, 8-2) had no answer for Bobcat post player Emmanuel Nzekwesi early on as the 6-7 junior poured in 11 first-quarter points, but from that point on the Wildcats had his number, thanks in large part to their own big man — Josh Jordan.

The 6-8 senior put the clamps on Nzekwesi defensively after the opening stanza, as he scored just two points from the end of the first quarter until there were 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the game. Nzekwesi finished the night with a team-high 17 points.

Jordan had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals.

“He was so active tonight,” Long said of Jordan, who is nursing a leg injury and playing limited minutes. “And he’s just strong on the block. He wasn’t giving easy drop steps. Everything was a jump shot over him. He just did a good of keeping him [Nzekwesi] contained and locking him down to make other guys beat us.”

It was two Nzekwesi free throws that ended Guyer’s 18-0 run with 2:33 remaining, as the Wildcats went from a three-point deficit to a 15-point lead.

The key moment in the run came with six minutes to play when Nelson forward Cale Popovich was whistled for a personal foul on Miles Crawford and then a technical to give him five fouls and force arguably the Bobcats’ best defender to exit the game.

Crawford made one of his two foul shots and Sean Choate made both technical shots before Guyer got possession and a quick layup from Crawford — a five-point swing in 17 seconds to push Guyer’s lead from eight to 13 points.

Crawford led Guyer with 13 points — all coming in the first and fourth quarters.

“I sensed we had it under control then,” Long said of the technical. “I knew we could spread them out because they’re so big and protect the rim well. I knew when we had that lead we could spread them out and get what we wanted.”

Girls

Guyer 52, Trophy Club Nelson 51 (OT)

After nearly 36 minutes of action in a hotly contested game, Guyer junior Jada Calloway didn’t want a second overtime.

Needing just two points to send the game to another extra period, Calloway saw an open window and took it, nailing a game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds remaining in overtime to clinch no worse than the second playoff seed in District 5-4A with a win over third-place Nelson (21-7, 8-4) to sweep the season series.

“It was an open shot, so I just took it,” Calloway said. “I’m really happy I did.”

Calloway came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points for Guyer. She was followed by sophomore post player Bre Wickware’s 14 points, despite her going scoreless in the first quarter. Reserve forward Sarah Mack earned a spot start and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Guyer (21-4, 10-2) plays Lake Dallas on Friday and then has the opportunity to get at least a share of the 5-4A title with the regular-season finale against first-place Wichita Falls Rider on Tuesday.

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.

Guyer 53, Trophy Club Nelson 38

Trophy Club Nelson

18

9

7

4

38

Guyer

12

13

17

11

53

Trophy Club Nelson (19-7, 8-2) — Thomas Williams 8, Jeremiah Taylor 11, Ethan Davis 2, Emmanuel Nzekwesi 17.

Guyer (14-9, 8-2) — Bryson Erby 2, Sean Choate 6, Shelton Childress 6, Miles Crawford 13, Alex Partridge 2, Mitchell Willard 9, Kason Kilgore 2, Josh Jordan 11, Gordon Hill 2.

Guyer 52, Trophy Club Nelson 51 (OT)

Trophy Club Nelson

12

10

9

14

6

51

Guyer

7

16

10

12

7

52

Trophy Club Nelson (21-7, 8-4) — Tralyn Woodard 21, DaKesha Butler 7, Sydney Smallwood 8, Shaila Wolter 3, Madison Edwards 6, Abbey Reed 3, Hannah Sellinger 3.

Guyer (21-4, 10-2) — Ali Downard 3, Quamese Moss 9, Lauren Heard 6, Bre Wickware 14, Jada Calloway 16, Ola Akinniyi 2, Sarah Mack 2.


Comments
DentonRC.com is now using Facebook Comments. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then add your comment below. Your comment is subject to Facebook's Privacy Policy and Terms of Service on data use. If you don't want your comment to appear on Facebook, uncheck the 'Post to Facebook' box. To find out more, read the FAQ .
Copyright 2011 Denton Record-Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.