December 25, 2008

Bison still looking for team unity

The Center-Stanton Wildcats home opener Dec. 16 was a barn burner. The Hazen Bison went on the road ranked in the state poll and with a history of beating the Wildcats. But the Center-Stanton boys’ basketball team pulled off the win 58-52.

"This the first time we’ve beaten Hazen in the three years I’ve been coaching at Center," C-S head coach Scott Jung said.

Although on the losing end, it certainly wasn’t due to lack of effort by the Bison boys. They grabbed the opening tip, but could only muster one free throw in the first three minutes. The Wildcats didn’t score at all until Michael Henke canned a two-pointer almost half way through the quarter.

With two minutes left, the Bison got ahead for the last time in the game 8-6 with a 3-pointer by Michael Grimm. Center-Stanton’s Shae Brown tied it with 30 seconds on the clock. Then, Brown put the Cats ahead at the end of the quarter 10-8.

"We shot about 29 percent and when that happens it tends to cause some frustration because we had some really open looks," Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said. "They did put a chaser on Chad (Marshall) and really we ended up not executing offensively and got into a rush at times."

Hazen tied the score immediately to start the second quarter, but the Wildcats’ Tyler Price scored the next basket to make it 12-10.

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