Sharks outlast Bobcats, 70-69

Published 7:41 pm Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ORANGEFIELD — Playing from behind the entire game, the Orangefield Bobcats almost pulled it off Tuesday night but came up just short to the Sabine Pass Sharks 70-69 in no-district action at Bobcat Gym.

The Bobcats (8-9) got down 25-14 but rallied back to within one point with a chance to win it with 13 seconds remaining but they turned it over as the Sharks claimed the victory.

Twenty-one turnovers by the Bobcats hampered them throughout and they had it tough guarding outstanding Sabine Pass (5-11) guard Jarrius Jones.

Jones filtered in a game-high 38 points, scoring from all angles. He finished with five three-pointers and got the Sharks rolling with 17 points and three three-pointers in the first quarter.

The Sharks also received 25 points from Daniel Sam. Jones and Sam scored 63 of the 70 points and combined for 14 rebounds with Jones hauling down nine and Sam five.

The Bobcats received another big night from Caleb Kress. Kress filtered in a team-high 24 points to go along with nine rebounds. He scored 19 of his points in the first half.

Payton Lathrop pumped in 23 points for the Bobcats all coming from the second quarter on. Lathrop and Kress combined for 18 points in the second quarter to pull the Bobcats to within 39-34 at the half.

The Sharks, sparked by Jones and Sam, went back up by as much as 57-46 in the third quarter before a Lathrop three-pointer trimmed it to 57-49.

Jones filtered in nine points and Sam seven in the quarter. Lathrop hit two three-pointers in the third and Kress had five points.

The Bobcats started to whittle away at the lead in the fourth. Lathrop poured in eight more points in the quarter while Zach Dischler had five points and Wes Frillou four.

However, Sam had a big pair of buckets down the stretch and the Sharks were able to barely hang on to the win.

Forward Alex Catt contributed eight points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats. Orangefield finished with a 31-29 rebounding edge. Caleb Malbrue had six rebounds for the Sharks.

Sabine Pass finished with just 12 turnovers.

The Sharks went just 6-of-12 from the free-throw line while the Bobcats were 11-of-15.

The Bobcats will look to bounce back Friday when they visit Liberty.