KRUM — There are going to be games like Monday’s season opener where Krum is going to find ways to win in the clutch. There will also be nights like Friday, when the Bobcats fell in a hole against Peaster of which they simply couldn’t dig out.
Krum (1-1) was held to four points in the third quarter, while Peaster (2-0) jumped out to a double-digit lead and rolled to a 55-30 nondistrict win at Bennie Enis Gymnasium. Krum trailed by nine at halftime and was then outscored 37-21 in the second half.
Ty Ballard led the Greyhounds with 20 points, while Colten Wright chipped in 17.
“We’ve got a group of 14 or 15 boys who are in the gym all the time and played all summer long,” Krum coach Sam Anderson said. “Monday showed these boys can play. But they also have to remember there is a learning curve. I thought we played hard and I believe in my boys, but we’re green and sometimes you end up playing a veteran team. You have to credit Peaster.”
The Bobcats, 9-25 last year, were coming off a 70-64 season-opening win against Pottsboro and looked to have turned an important corner. Krum outscored the Cardinals 25-12 in the fourth quarter to nab the win.
They scored 17 in the final eight minutes against Peaster, but this time the surge was too little too late.
Peaster had already taken control with an 11-1 run to close out the first half and opened the third with a more demoralizing 19-2 run. Ballard was huge during that quarter with eight of his team’s points. Krum didn’t get on the board again until Hunter Sullivan knocked down two free throws with less than a minute left in the quarter.
Nick Perches, who scored 23 points in Monday’s win, scored two points through the first three quarters before finishing with 12 points to lead the Bobcats. Even with his late-game heroics, Perches was only able to help pull Krum to within 23 points in the fourth.
The second half had a different feel than the first two quarters. At least early on, the Greyhounds had trouble stringing together points and only built a two-point lead through the first eight minutes. The Bobcats also struggled to score early but looked more purposeful as they passed the ball around the perimeter looking for the right moment to dish the ball inside.
Colton Knierim opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer that gave Krum an 8-7 lead. But it ended up being the Bobcats’ last lead as Peaster closed out the half with its big run.
“I thought our defense was really good in the first half,” Anderson said. “But Peaster played solid defense, too, and it’s obvious we have a lot of growing pains to go through. We have seven sophomores, two juniors and a senior. It’s going to take some time.”
Peaster 55, Krum 30
Krum (1-1) — Nick Perches 12, Jared Cowan 3, Colton Knierim 6, Garrett Koiner 1, Lane Miller 2, Hunter Sullivan 3, Jarrett Deaton 3.
Peaster (2-0) — Colten Wright 17, Parker Grute 5, Ty Ballard 20, Dathen Kemp 6, Eric Seewert 3, Draven Tell 2, Cody Austin 2.