The Cape Central boys varsity basketball team won its third straight game Tuesday night at home. A 17 point offensive output in the second quarter created a distance the Tigers would build on for the rest of the game, as they defeated Jackson, 57-39. It was the second time CHS beat their rivals. The Tigers downed the Indians, 58-39, on December 30.
After a close first quarter, where Central held a slim 12-10 lead, the second quarter was the backbreaker for the Indians. Tyrus Reddin, Doreante’ Tucker, and Dorian Triplett each scored five points as the Tigers extended the lead to 29-18 at halftime. The rest of the game was just a case of CHS maintaining and slightly building on the lead until the final margin of victory was 18 points.
Head coach Drew Church saw a lot to like about his team’s play last night. “I feel like we guarded well, and you always have a chance to win if you defend,” he stated. “We didn’t shoot the ball very well, but overall I was pleased. Our last four games are all going to be very difficult, but I’m hoping to be playing our best basketball towards the end of February. I am very proud of our guys. We have tough kids who compete and do things the right way. They make coaching fun.”
Something else that was fun was watching Tucker drain shots all over the floor. The senior scored 24 points to lead Cape Central. Coach Church is glad to see his captain (and others) back at full strength. “We are a bit more healthy now,” he said. “Doreante’ played well and seems to be back to his old self after a week of being sick. We’ve lost a young man (Jon Brandtner) for the season due to a wrist injury, but it seems all of our guys with the flu are better.”
Tucker said it was terrific to be back out on the floor feeling his old self again. “I feel great anytime I can get out there and be with my teammates,” he said. “They do a great job of putting me in great position to get great shots out there. I feel healthy, and I feel like we fought, which has been the theme of our last few games…just to be tough.”
Two other players scored in double figures as Redding finished with 13 points, and Dorian Triplett added 11 points. Darion Triplett chipped in with five, and Anthony Mackins, along with Cameron Williams, rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
At 17-5, the Tigers will look to continue progress towards districts as they host the Sikeston Bulldogs on Friday. Central defeated Sikeston, 72-64, back on December 13. Tip off for Friday’s game is 7:30 p.m.