Pottsboro hands Bonham second straight district defeat
The Bonham Purple Warriors won their first 11 games of the season, including their district opener 36-26 at home against Gunter. However, the Purple Warriors have now lost their last two district ball games. After the Howe Bulldogs handed Bonham a 39-35 defeat on Monday, the Pottsboro Cardinals defeated the Purple Warriors by a final score of 55-43 on Tuesday night in Bonham.
Pottsboro (10-1, 3-0) led 13-11 over Bonham (11-2, 1-2) in the district matchup of one-loss teams after one quarter of play following a deep buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Bonham senior guard Tanner Reaves. Even though Bonham had suited up for its first three district games over a four-day span, the Purple Warriors hung tough with the visiting Cardinals.
“Playing three district games in four days with Sunday being the only day off is one of the hardest things our kids will do all year, especially with that third game being against Pottsboro, the team with the highest tempo in the district,” Purple Warriors head basketball coach Eric Hicks said. “With all that being said, our kids emptied the tank last night — they played with everything they had. As a coach, that is all that you can ask for. Our offense is still struggling after the break and credit to Pottsboros defense, but, once we get that back to clicking, I know we will be just fine.”
Bonham entered the half trailing Pottsboro 26-22 and were behind 27-25 for a sizable portion of the third quarter. But, Bonham could not tie or take the lead in four trips down the floor. Then, Pottsboro closed out the quarter strong and took a 41-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately for the home team, Bonham could not creep closer than six points in the final frame as Cardinals guards Aidan Cannon and Brett Nix paced Pottsboro throughout the win with their ability to score from the outside and slash into the painted area for scoring opportunities.
Bonham big man Jerry Arrey led his team with 9 points while junior guard Avery Coker added 8 points. Reaves finished the game with 7 points while both Brant Stuber and Cam Bush scored 5 points apiece. Jackson Davis, Mason Rodriguez, and Dustan Sewell also chipped in with 3 points each and provided many quality plays on defense.
Bonham will take the court again for another district game at 8 p.m. Friday at the Whitewright Tigers. Tickets for the boys or varsity girls games can be purchased online by clicking here. For more sports coverage, click here.