Bobcats Edge Jaguars

Bobcats down SM in a Metro showdown Friday night...

Phoenix, AZ-    Coming off of an impressive 68-63 win over 14-3 Ceasar Chavez, the South Mountain Jaguars were looking to carry the momentum on the road.

    It was quite a different story for the Central Bobcats.  They were embarrassed in a 26 point loss to Camelback.  One may figure that the Jaguars would run the table on Friday night at Central, but that is why they play the games.

    And this game was quite the defensive struggle.  The Bobcats led 10-7 after the first quarter. 

    The theme of this game was men named Derrick.  South Mountain's Derrick Cheatham led his team in scoring with 11 points, and made his presence known in the low post.  Central's Derek Minter had a game-high 16.  He was four for six from three-point range.

     Down the final stretch, South Mountain's Jacob Frietz missed the front end of the one-in-one, but Markel Darby came up with the rebound.  Darby kicked it out to the sophomore point guard Raymond Stewart, but Stewart stepped over the mid-court line, causing a back-court violation.  On the ensuing possession, Central's Francis Cowles buried a 16-footer to tie the game at 32. 

    On the Jaguars' next possession, Alex Campbell's entry pass was intercepted by Tony Romero.  On the two on one fast break, Romero hit the lay-up and was fouled in the process.  His free throw was good, and the Bobcats took a 35-32 lead. 

    On the Jaguars' next two possessions, they were 0 for 4 from three point range.  On the final possession, Stewart fired up an air ball from downtown and that sealed the deal for the Bobcats, who hold on for the 35-32 victory.

    "We gave this one away.  We should be 2-0 in the Metro," said South Mountain head coach George Wray."

    One has to wonder if the Jaguars were overlooking Central, thinking about their showdown on Tuesday night with the first place North Mustangs.

    Central proved that they cannot be taken lightly.  Derek Minter is establishing himself as one of the premier shooters in the Metro Region.

    Both teams are now 1-1 in conference play. 

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