By Lannis Timmons
Jalen Rose knocked down six 3-point goals in the first half as Deer Park went on the road and defeated Wyoming 82-64. The Wildcats entered the game undefeated at 10-0 in the conference and 16-0 overall, while the Cowboys came in with a conference record of 6-3, and 12-4 overall.
Deer Park’s swarming full court press gave Wyoming problem after problem.
During the first quarter, the Wildcats’ Damani McEntire scored 8 points, with his high flying dunks and ability to get on the glass to lay in miss shots. Wyoming’s Evan Prater, and Joey Edmonds each scored 5 points in the first quarter to help keep it close as the quarter came to a close with the Wildcats leading 24-14.
When the second quarter started, so did Jalen Rose, as the senior found his range behind the 3-point line again, as he knocked down three 3-point shots, got on the glass, and got a “stick back.’’ Mark Wise’s overall play help Deer Park go into halftime up 11 points 47-36. Wise got his hands on a number of passes, diving on the floor for loose balls, rebounding on both ends of the court while scoring five points in the half. Ibra Athie also chipped in with 6 points for the Wildcats. The Cowboys’ Elijah McGee scored 8 points in the half, as he found his range twice from beyond the 3-point line, and Prater helped by scoring 8 points and Edmonds 6 points.
As the third quarter began, the Cowboys got off to a good start as they took the lead down to 7 points as Isaiah Walker and Ivan Prater each score 5 points and Harrison Shepherd scored 4 points. The Wildcats’ Mark Wise scored 5 points, but the Cowboys won the quarter 16-11, yet Deer Park still had the lead by 6 points 58-52.
The fourth quarter was about who was in the best shape. During a free throw, you could see the Wyoming kids lending over tired, as the Wildcats’ style of play was starting to wear the Cowboys down. Deer Park went on a 6-0 run and a 7-0 run to extend their lead by16 points at 76-60. Jalen Rose got hot again and collected two more 3-point baskets. He had a total of eight baskets for the game and 30 points. Mark Wise finished with 18 points and Damani McEntire had 13 points for Deer Park.
On Friday the Wildcats will play host to Finneytown, and Wyoming have to travel to Maderia.