SNYDER â€” After losing four games in a row to fall near the bottom of District 4-3A, the Sweetwater boys basketball team took out its frustration with a dominant 44-27 win at Snyder on Fri-day to keep its flickering playoff hopes alive.
Led by Kaleb Hoover with 22 points and Dylan Ben-nettâ€™s 13, Sweetwater â€” now 2-5 in district play as well as 13-5 overall â€” excelled against the last-place Tigers in most areas, especially on defense.
But it was competitive early in the game. Snyder â€” which fell to 0-7 in district â€” was holding a 7-4 lead when Sweetwaterâ€™s defense keyed a 19-1 run over the final 9:45 of the half.
Snyder went without a field goal for over 13 minutes of game time to turn the game into a rout by the third quarter, allowing Sweetwater to build up a 27-8 lead, and was behind 30-11 entering the fourth quarter.
By that point Hoover, with 14 points, had actually outscored Snyderâ€™s entire team. Sweetwater led by as many as 22 points in the final stanza until the Tigers â€” who got scoring from just three players â€” managed to cut the lead somewhat late in the game. Snyder was held to only nine field goals an attempted just 22 shots. Sweetwater connected on 19 of 37 shots â€” a very healthy 51 percent â€” and dominated Snyder on the boards as well. Hoover hit 9 of his 13 shots, while Bennett was 6-of-10, and they combined for 16 rebounds
â€śWe played our tails off on defense,â€ť coach Al Hunt said. â€śWe did what we were supposed to do offensively by getting to the basket and took the shots we wanted to take, but defense and rebounding was the key.â€ť
Marquees Jenkins (five points), Rhett Torres (two) and Michael Hunt (two) also scored for Sweetwater, which goes to first-place Wylie on Tuesday before playing its home finale vs. Big Spring this Friday.