For the first time this season the Wildcat boys basketball team has lost consecutive games, falling in overtime to the Crusaders 52-50.
“We took a tough loss with them hitting the winning bucket with about four seconds left on the clock. I thought we competed about as well as we have in a long time and that was good to see,” said El Dorado head coach Gary Melcher.
The Wildcats went into halftime down 20-18.
“We had some players step into roles that they don’t normally have and perform pretty well,” said Melcher.
El Dorado was down 34-31 going into the fourth before outscoring Buhler 10-7 in the fourth to extend the game.
“We had several opportunities to get into position to take control of the game, but just couldn’t make the play we needed to make at the right time,” said Melcher.
El Dorado matched Buhler point for point in the overtime before Ryan Norquist hit his game clinching shot for the Crusaders.
El Dorado was led by Travis House who had a game high 26 points.
“I thought Travis played the best game of his career to date,” said Melcher.
Jared Haury added 8 points and and Johnstone Scott added 7 points.
“Sophomore Alec Hildreth stepped up and played well in his first extended action. Sam Haines did a nice job and set the tone for us defensively,” said Melcher.
Trevor Crain added 5 points and Alec Hildreth had 4 points.
“We were far from perfect, but I thought we showed some fight and energy tonight that we had been missing,” said Melcher.
Lady Wildcats fall to Crusaders 56-32
The El Dorado Lady Wildcats dropped their decision on the road visiting the Buhler Crusaders in AVCTL Div. 3 action Tuesday night, falling 56-32.
“Buhler is a good solid team. We did a better job attacking the press tonight and then getting a few buckets off of it,” said El Dorado head coach Shauna Riedy.
A tough Crusader defense limited the Wildcats to only 30 percent shooting from the field, going 13-43.
The Lady Wildcats were in the game early when Buhler left easy shots open underneath the basket. The Crusaders slowed play in the paint on their defensive board, and El Dorado struggled to get buckets.
Buhler outscored the Wildcats 28-16 in both halves to earn the victory.
Buhler built upon a 42-27 edge starting the fourth with an 8-0 run that pushed their advantage to 50-29. Buhler had a 27-18 edge on the boards to help the Crusaders’ to victory.
Page 2 of 2 - “We just need to keep improving every night,” said Riedy.
Kalyn Beel led the Wildcats with 12 points and 6 boards. Destiny Smith poured in 8 points for the Cats.
Hannah Helferich had 7 points and three assists. Andrea Valadez added 5 points.
El Dorado goes back on the road Friday visiting Rose Hill.