Coker guides Bonham past Lone Oak 61-40 to remain undefeated
The Bonham Purple Warriors basketball team has rolled through the early parts of its young season. Going into Tuesday night’s home game against the Lone Oak Buffaloes, Bonham held an undefeated record. After the final horn sounded, Bonham emerged from its home court with its undefeated record intact with a 61-40 win.
Bonham (8-0) experienced some resistance from the winless visitors in the early going. In fact, the Purple Warriors needed a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from senior guard Tanner Reeves to take a 13-10 lead after the first quarter of play. Then, Bonham was able to turn up the intensity in the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Purple Warriors established a good rhythm in besting Lone Oak 15-6 in the second quarter. The main driving force behind Bonham’s surge was the stellar play from junior reserve guard Avery Coker. With starting point guard Cam Bush unavailable for Bonham, Coker stepped in and stepped up for his team. After going scoreless in the first quarter, Coker came alive in the final three frames.
The junior nailed two 3-pointers in the second quarter, then he poured in 5 points in each of the final two quarters. His ability to penetrate the painted area, create for other teammates, knock down 3-pointers, and pressure the ball defensively were all key in Bonham’s strong finish to the contest. He showed the school’s volleyball program what he could possibly add with some powerful swings on a handful of Lone Oak shot attempts he swatted away.
The Purple Warriors were impressive on both ends of the floor inside and outside. Senior big man Jerry Arrey pulled down numerous rebounds and had several emphatic blocks as he anchored the painted area well despite going scoreless. Jackson Davis and Tyler Addie provided good energy and effort defensively and came down with multiple offensive rebounds. Senior Michael Crosby and Dustan Sewell’s versatility was also important for Bonham thanks to their variety on offense along with their length and quickness on defense.
Coker and Reeves led Bonham with 16 points apiece, while Crosby added 7 points. Mason Rodriguez and Sewell contributed with 6 points each with the former provided quality perimeter defense. Addie and Davis provided a lift for the Purple Warriors with their defense and energy, and both players scored 4 points apiece. Lane McClelland led Lone Oak (0-7) with 9 points.
The Purple Warriors will play again at 6 p.m. Friday at home against Wolfe City. After that, Bonham will take the court at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Detroit Eagles. For more sports coverage, click here.