Purple Warriors reach 11-0 mark with two impressive wins
Both Friday and Saturday were successful days for the unbeaten Bonham Purple Warriors basketball team. On Friday, the Purple Warriors earned their ninth win of the year by virtue of a 58-53 overtime win at home against a strong Wolfe City team. The next day, Bonham overcame tired legs to the tune of a 58-27 victory at Detroit for win number 10 of the season.
Against the visiting Wolves, Bonham held control most of the game until late. Wolfe City needed a 20-point quarter to send the game to overtime, but the Wolves did just that in tying the score at 48-all. However, as the Wolves ran out of gas, the Purple Warriors had more in the tank.
In overtime, Bonham got one bucket apiece from Mason Rodriguez and Avery Coker, along with six big points from senior guard Tanner Reeves to close the game out. Reeves and Coker were the high scorers for Bonham with 19 points and 11 points, respectively.
The Purple Warriors turned back around to face the Detroit Eagles on Saturday afternoon less than 24 hours after the emotional overtime home victory. Bonham overcame a slow start in the first quarter and had a 27-point, second-quarter outburst creating the separation necessary for the 31-point win.
Head coach Eric Hicks praised his Purple Warrior squad, who has battled through COVID-19 issues and a formidable schedule, for the resilience and energy they play with. Hicks said the “JUICE” his players have is especially impressive, since the team has already matched its win total from last year without even beginning district play.
After the successful weekend, Reeves notched an impressive personal milestone in his Purple Warrior hoops career. He recorded 19 points as well against Detroit and, with that, surpassed 1,000 career points as a Bonham basketball player.
Brant Stuber and Tristan Mallory also reached double figures against Detroit with 10 points apiece for Bonham. Brayden Greer and Kagen Carson eclipsed double figures for head coach Da’on Savage’s Eagles.
The Purple Warriors will play next as they open up district play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Gunter. For more sports coverage, click here.