Bonham uses effective offense, stingy defense to beat Bulldogs
The Bonham Purple Warriors started things off with an impressive aerial display in the form of a solo dunk contest from senior guard Tanner Reaves. The fourth-year shooting guard showed off his 36-plus-inch vertical in front of the Cooper Bulldogs in their home gymnasium, then he and his team put together a strong performance on both ends of the court en route to a 67-26 win.
Purple Warrior guards Cam Bush and Mason Rodriguez were stifling on the perimeter defensively. However, Jackson Davis may have had the most success defensively from the guard position. The high-effort defender showed off his high motor as he was all over the court deflecting passes and creating turnovers with consistency.
In addition to that, Bonham’s guard had success on their dribble-drive penetrations to the basket, while the dual high-post set with 6-foot-3 senior Jerry Arrey and Michael Crosby proved to be effective throughout the contest. The twin-tower system allowed plenty of opportunities for guards to slash to the rack on backdoor cuts, and it also allowed the sizable posts to dictate the tempo offensively.
On the perimeter, Reaves showed he wasn’t just a dunker. The senior splashed in four 3-pointers and Bush rained in three long balls of his own. Everything seemed to be clicking for Bonham.
However, Cooper had recently held its first official basketball practice since the school’s football team went two rounds deep into the postseason. Also, the team’s best player Jayden Limbaugh was out of action while he was still nursing a minor injury. Cooper nonetheless showed a relentless nature in the way it attacked the basket and defended competitively during large portions of the game.
Bush led Bonham with a game-high 20 points, while Reaves had 18 points. Crosby scored 13 points for the Purple Warriors, while Brant Stuber finished with 5 points. Arrey played quality defense on the interior and scored 4 points as did both Ryder Soliday and Nate Van Huss. Jackson Davis chipped in with several quality defensive plays and 2 points on offense.
Canon and Colin Ingram each scored 6 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Chase Morales, Ryon Neatherly, and Markel Smith each scored 4 points. Noah Ramos contributed with 2 points.
The Purple Warriors are playing again on Tuesday. Bonham’s scheduled home game against Clarksville was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Blue Tigers’ basketball program. Instead, the Purple Warriors will play against Nocona at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. Cooper will go for the win at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Celeste. For more sports coverage, click here.