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Wildcats scratch out win over Morrison
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Dibrell’s Lee Allen Esparza goes to slap the ball out of the hand of Morrison’s Braden Haggins while he goes for a layup. This intense gameplay helped keep it interesting all the way until the end. - photo by Taylor Moore

Dibrell continued its success Thursday night in the boys game, picking up speed to compete with Morrison. This paid off in a close game on Thursday where the Wildcats barely beat the Eagles, 26-23.

Dibrell’s Chance Whitlock was the gamehigh scorer with 11 points.

For Morrison, Isaiah Robledo was the top scorer with 9.

The night started rough when Morrison got a technical foul called on one of its players, frustrating the Eagles. The game was a little reckless as Dibrell was trying to match Morrison’s playing style.

The first half saw both teams scoring but keeping it tight. In the first quarter, Morrison took a slight lead by just one point and continued that momentum in the second half.

The Eagles were leading by halftime but were aware that the Wildcats were on their tails.

Morrison was up at the half, 15-11.

When the third quarter started, Dibrell made up some ground, keeping Morrison from scoring anything but foul shots.

The third quarter ended in a tie leaving the victory up for anyone as the intensity increased.

Dibrell fouled quite a bit in the fourth quarter with Morrison making most of its free throws. However, Dibrell was able to match the Eagles’ score with shots under the basket from Chance Whitlock ready for every pass.

Dibrell’s Syler Simmons played a majority of the game, becoming one of the top scorers and was an essential player for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats pulled ahead by three in the last minute thanks to Simmons and Whitlock and Morrison was determined to make it into overtime.

Morrison had control of the ball numerous times in the last minute and kept Dibrell form scoring anymore, but they also weren’t able to make a basket to claw closer.

Dibrell got revenge from the last time the Wildcats played Morrison.


Chance Whitlock 11, Syler Simmons 10, Kaden Pendergraph 3, Juan Sanchez 2 MORRISON

Isaiah Robledo 9, Kristopher Robledo 6, Braden Haggins 3, Dawson Crouch 2, Braxton Gibbs 2, Rylon Morrison 1