The Wildcats faced Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education on Thursday night. The Wildcats (7-7) were up against a tough Cougar (10-3) team who were one of the teams at the top of the City Conference. The game was huge in terms of standings within the conference. A win for the Wildcats would place them closer to the top of the conference standings and keep them alive for a conference championship.
This was a game of runs. The Wildcats jumped on top to start the game. Early baskets from Keontae White and Marquis Barry gave the team a 19-13 lead. However, following a roster violation technical by Hamilton, the Cougars went on a 14-0 run to take a 27-19 lead behind Daishawn Dillard who would finish the night with 24 points. The Cougars would lead by as much as 10 points in the first half, but the Wildcats would make a mini-run to cut the lead to 2 by halftime with BOSCTE up 43-41.
The second half would continue to be a battle, the lead changing 7 times with 4 ties. The Wildcats were able to control the game late by getting critical rebounds and hitting clutch shots around the basket, mainly from breakout performances by senior forward Xavier Davis and junior forward Corneilus Butler. Butler was able to score a career high 12 points shooting 5 for 6 from the floor and grabbing 10 rebounds while Davis finished the game with a career high 21 points shooting 10-11 from the floor and grabbing 8 rebounds off the bench. Junior guard Elijah Johnson,
who fought through a stomach virus and sophomore guard Terrion Oliver’s defense was critical down the stretch as they were able to hold the Cougar guards in check late in the second half.
The Wildcats got a late basket by Butler from White to take the lead and were able to hold off the Cougars to get a 83-79 victory, their 4th straight win. The Wildcats (8-7, 3-2) have a week off before they face the Pulaski Rams (4-11, 0-5) at Hamilton on 2/02.