With two games remaining until substate playoffs the EHS boys basketball team earned an ever important victory on the road Friday defeating the Rose Hill Rockets 37-30.
“Our team bounced back pretty well from the loss at Buhler,” said head coach Gary Melcher. “We got the lead early, so we were able to control the pace of the game, which was very beneficial.”
Without two of their big men in Jared Haury and Collin Just, the shorthanded Wildcats stepped up in a seemingly must-win contest.
The Wildcats led 9-5 after the first quarter and took a 19-14 lead over the Rockets into halftime.
Rose Hill fought back in the third quarter outscoring El Dorado 10-7 but the Wildcats still led at 26-24 going to the fourth.
The Wildcats claimed the final frame holding the Rockets to just 6 points meanwhile scoring 11 points of their own to earn the seven-point victory.
El Dorado won the game at the free throw line scoring 16 of their 37 points from the charity stripe on 21 attempts.
Rose hill was only 3-6 from the line.
Travis House led the Wildcats with 13 points and went 5-7 from the line.
Johnstone Scott had 8 points and was 4-6 from the line. Alec Hildreth added 6 points going 2-2 from the line. Sam Haines and Trevor Crain each scored 5 points each for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats will be home today for their final home game prior to substate when they face a fiesty Winfield Vikings team.
In each of their past two meetings, the Wildcats have gone to double overtime with Winfield.