The Cape Central boys junior varsity team couldn’t hold on to a lead and was outscored by eight points in the fourth quarter at home Tuesday, losing to DeSmet, 49-41. It was the team’s first loss in three games this season.
Behind seven points from Henry Brown and five points from Darion Triplett, Cape Central took a 28-22 lead into halftime. But as the second half developed, the CHS offense became stagnant. Scoring just eight points in the third quarter, the team found itself tied 36-36 heading into the final quarter. Then, the Tigers managed just three points from Brown and two points from Rodlandis Robinson as the Spartans pumped in thirteen points to take the eight point victory.
“It’s a 32 minute game, so there was many factors that contributed to us not getting a victory,” JV coach Jeff Beck commented after the game. “We have to get better as a team on both ends of the floor, and we will.”
Brown ended the night with 12 points and the only Tiger in double figures. Rodlandis Robinson and Cameron Harris each scored six points. Harris noted that the team wasn’t on the same page in the second half. “We just had a lot of mistakes that cost us in the second half,” he said. “Personally, I made mistakes that were costly too, and DeSmet was able to make things happen. As a team, we have some things to clean up, and we’ll improve as a team everyday.”
Triplett finished with five points, while Cameron Williams and Rudy Hamilton netted four points apiece. Elijah Wigfall scored two points, as did Kevin Robinson. Robinson said he thought the team wasn’t as intense in the second half. “I think we didn’t go 100%,” he admitted. “If we put our all into game we would win, and we need to be more aggressive and attack the paint more.”
The Tigers will get a chance to return to the win column on Friday as they travel to New Madrid County Central. The JV game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 p.m.