Bonham uses stifling defense, 19-point night from Reaves to upend Pottsboro
After stumbling to a 2-5 start to district play following an impressive 11-0 opening to the regular season, the Bonham Purple Warriors basketball team recorded maybe its biggest win of the season. On Friday night, the Purple Warriors traveled south down the road to play the district-leading Pottsboro Cardinals. In the game, Bonham got a game-high 19 points from senior Tanner Reaves, received an impressive Mason Rodriguez-led effort on defense, and walked away with a 46-42 win over the best offensive team in the district.
With the win, Bonham (14-6, 4-6) remained within two games of the district’s fourth and final playoff spot while Pottsboro (15-3, 8-2) dropped into a two-way tie with Bells atop the district standings. Led by Rodriguez’s impressive defensive play on the perimeter, the Purple Warriors limited the Cardinals to 42 points in the game, Pottsboro’s second-lowest offensive output of the year. The Cardinals’ previous low came in their only other district defeat, a 53-38 loss at the Whitewright Tigers.
In addition to the stingy play on defense, Bonham got a big lift from its star senior guard Reaves in the contest. The senior scored at a high clip as he swished four of his team’s six 3-pointers.
Bonham held a 25-22 halftime lead and managed to outscore Pottsboro by just one point in the second half, which came from a 14-13 scoring advantage in the third quarter. However, with the defensive contributions on the perimeter coupled with a solid interior presence led by 6-foot-3 post Jerry Arrey, the Purple Warriors made several winning plays down the stretch and were able to nurse the lead to the end in Pottsboro.
Reaves led Bonham with his 19-point performance while Arrey and Cam Bush each scored 7 points. Rodriguez, a junior, added 6 points while both Avery Coker and Michael Crosby recorded 5 points apiece.
The Purple Warriors will go for its third district victory in four games at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Whitewright. For more sports coverage, click here.