CADDO - Total team play from the Bruins helped them overtake Rock Creek on Saturday for a 55-37 Caddo victory and a district championship.
The Caddo score sheet reads like the countdown to a rocket launch: Patrick Joines led with 10 points; Tanner Grace and Daniel Stone had nine each; Jacob Ross eight; Austin Purkins seven; Zack Walker six; Rosendo Chavez four.
It was just the Bruins’ seventh victory in 22 games, including a Friday win over Achille to reach the championship game in their own gym. Coach Spencer Phipps tipped his hat to the players.
“These kids are resilient. They don’t hang their heads, they come in and work every day,” he said. “We’re finally rebounding and defending better than we have all year. It’s no secret, just bring intensity.”
It was Rock Creek bringing early intensity with a 6-0 start to the game. But rebounding helped Caddo to a 17-4 finish of the first quarter. Defensive pressure by Caddo was evident in a 15-7 domination of the Mustangs in the second.
Purkins opened the second half with a three, which was soon followed by a steal from Jacob Ross which found Joines for two.
Bronson Burns led Rock Creek with 15 points, Matt Converse had five and Tyler Parker scored four to round out the Mustangs’ leaders. Rock Creek hosts Smithville at 3 p.m. Thursday in a must-win regional consolation game.
The Bruins must also be on their toes to survive in the regional round. Caddo will face third-ranked Weleetka at 8 p.m. Thursday in Rock Creek. A win places the Bruins in the regional championship Saturday in Quinton, while a loss will put Caddo in a Friday night elimination game in Quinton.