The Sealy boys’ basketball team kicked off round two of district play last Friday night at home but ended up on the short end of a 71-40 decision against the Wharton Tigers.
Sealy senior Reece Novicke pulled the host Tigers to within four at the end of the first quarter, scoring six of his team-leading nine points to make the deficit 14-10 after eight minutes of play.
After Jay Bolden opened the second-quarter scoring for the host Tigers, however, Wharton scored the next 11 points consecutively, pushing its lead to 27-12 with 3:33 remaining in the first half.
Sealy’s next points came from a recent transfer, Donte Beasley, who made his home debut last Friday night and finished with four points. Originally from Wisconsin, Beasley moved to the Houston area with his family and transferred to Sealy in the winter, earning his eligibility to play the rest of the season after being enrolled in the school for two full weeks.
The host Tigers’ resiliency showed up in the second half, with Ja’Marris Cotton registering four of his team second-best six points and Jay Bolden scoring three of his team second-best six points in the third quarter each. On top of that, John Owen connected on a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter to round out the final score.
Round two continued earlier this week with Sealy’s trip to El Campo who had yet to register a win within District 25-4A. The Tigers close this week of play with the Fulshear Chargers coming to town after dropping both of their contests last week, first to Stafford, 55-50, then to Needville, 46-35.
Head coach Ray Dabney added that time is running out to fix the mistakes that have been haunting the team thus far.
“We have something to work on in every aspect; rebounds, three-point shots, press defense, layups, free throws,” he said after Friday night’s loss. “We missed a lot of shots. The first half we were 9 for 32, that’s really frustrating.”
“We gotta have better practices,” he said.