Wildcats no match for Tigers


— From the opening tip-off, it was clear the Hayden Tigers were no match for the visiting North Park Wildcats in a boys league matchup Saturday night.

The Wildcats started off hot shooting the ball. The Wildcats made eight of their first nine shots.

The Wildcats bolted out to a 24-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a 75-53 win.

"They shot out of this world," said Matt Ray, the Tigers' coach. "They came out and hit everything.

"We came out and played hard, but they are just a better team than us."

The Wildcats extended their lead in the second quarter and led 44-21 at halftime.

Steve Beck, the Wildcats' coach, was satisfied with his team's performance.

"We had been in a funk," Beck said. "We had lost two games in a row. Tonight, we had something to prove. I challenged the team to come out and put this game away early."

The Wildcats opened up their biggest lead of the game in the third quarter with a score of 63-34.

The Tigers responded in the fourth quarter and tried to battle back. The Tigers outscored the Wildcats 19-12 in the final period.

The Tigers got an impressive performance from Mark Murphy. The senior came off the bench to score 19 points. Senior Matt Walden added 10.

The Wildcats were led in scoring by senior Bret Kaup, who had 25 points, and junior Chris Lance, who pitched in with 22.

The Tigers came into the game off an emotional win Friday night against Soroco.

"We tried to be as intense as we were Friday night," he said. "But the intensity was not there."

The Tigers are now 3-7 and 1-4 in league play. The Wildcats improved to 7-3 and 2-1 in the league.


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