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POSTED: February 8, 2007 5:05 a.m.
While the Richmond Hill boys squad continues to improve it has been increasingly difficult to gauge it over the past couple of weeks.
They came close in a 47-39 loss at Benedictine on Tuesday, then had to face perhaps the best team in the region, Burke County on Friday and went down 75-45. Then on Saturday traveled to 3-AAAAA Windsor Forest only to fall 66-43. There just are not many soft spots in the Cats schedule, but you can bet they will keep trying.
Richmond Hill travels to South Effingham on Friday for a 6:30 start then will be at home on Saturday for a re-match against cross county rival Bryan County. Game time 7:00 p.m.
On Friday Burke County used a balanced attack to overcome a slow start caused by the pesky Wildcats. Richmond hill played their tight zone defense and for a while was able to trade baskets with the much bigger Bears. The inside prowess of Devonda Lewis,(18 points), Julius Patterson, ( 15 points) and Maurice Doyle,(10 points) was too much for the smaller Wildcats to contend with.
The Bears used their inside game to far out rebound the Wildcats and manage a lot of offensive put backs to open a 42-22 halftime lead. Richmond Hill’s Darien Cothern led his team with 13 points and did a good job on the boards himself but there were too many taller Bears to contend with and they started hitting from outside in the second half to further confound the Wildcats.
Burke County was not only more athletic than their opponents they also play with a lot of discipline and showed that their 12-2, 4-0 region 3-AAA start is no fluke and that they will be the team to beat come tournament time.
On Tuesday the Wildcats played Benedictine even in the first period then went cold in the second as the Cadets jumped to a 28-14 halftime lead. Alex Tucker scored 10 points, Chakris Moss 8, and Darien Cothern 6 as the Wildcats tried to play catch up in the second half.
In spite of a valiant comeback in the fourth period that saw the Wildcats out score the Cadets 13-6 the come back fell short. It was the three point second period that ultimately made the difference and is the kind of thing coach Morris has been lamenting all season that stands between them and their first victory.
Saturday the Cats ran in to a hot hand in the form of Windsor Forests freshman post man Luther Huling who scored a career high 18 points in 9 for 9 shooting while pulling down 8 rebounds for the Knights. It was another example of Richmond Hill’s zone not being able to contend with a strong inside game.
C.J. Bynum led the Cats with 11 points, and Windsor Forest’s Evan Mobely had 17 points. Again the Wildcats tried to rally from a 38-19 halftime deficit but it was too little too late against the Knights.
The Wildcats continue to show that while the current season is not going so well their future could be much brighter. The J.V. boys played an exciting and valiant game against Burke County falling in the final seconds 30-31.
 

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