By DEREK LOPEZ
The Sudan Hornets’ varsity basketball team squared off with the Littlefield Wildcats in a summer league match-up on Tuesday night, but fell short in their efforts, 66-46.
The Wildcats got off to a quick start in the first half, as Jonathan Davis got the ball ahead to Andrew Valdez for a lay-up for the games opening points. Jeremiah Salazar got the ball inside to Tyree Jones for a lay-up on their next possession to make the score, 4-0, with 17:29 remaining in the first half, but Isaiah Cisneros dropped in a floater for the Hornets, trimming the lead to, 4-2.
Littlefield answered, as Valdez hit Salazar in the left corner for three, but Sudan came right back, as Josh Leal pump faked and dropped in a lay-up, making the score, 7-4, with 14:45 to play in the half.
With just under 13 minutes to go in the first half, Beto Mendoza banked in a three from the top of the key off of the assist from Parker Battin to tie the game, but the Wildcats quickly regained the lead, as Brown hit Tyler Jones down low for a lay-up. He drew an and-one foul on the play, making the score, 10-7.
Mendoza was fouled on a floater attempt by Tyler Jones and converted the free throw to make the score, 10-9. He followed it up with a floater from the right side to give the Hornets the lead, 11-10, with 11:11 remaining in the first half.
Tyree Jones scored a put-back off of the miss by Davis to regain the lead for the Wildcats and Longoria followed it up with a lay-up to extend their lead to, 14-11, with under 10 minutes to play in the half. Valdez dished the ball ahead on the break to Longoria for a lay-up, who drew an and-one foul on the play, stretching their lead to, 17-11.
With 6:32 to play in the half, Christian Montes was fouled on a put-back attempt by Valdez and converted the free throw, trimming the lead back down to four points, 17-13. The Wildcats wasted no time getting back on the offensive, as Longoria picked up a steal from Mendoza in the mid-court and took it to the hoop for a lay-up. He followed it up with a pump fake and lay-up, drawing an and-one foul on Mendoza, pushing their lead to, 22-13. Chris Brown got in the books with a lay-up, followed with a lay-up by Tyler Jones to extend their lead to, 26-13, with just under 3:30 to play in the half.
Brown was fouled on an attempt by Cisneros and converted the free throw and just over one minute later, Salazar was fouled and converted the free throw, pushing their lead out to, 30-13.
With just over one minute to play in the half, Montes drove and dished the ball to Alex Conley for a lay-up and an and-one foul, trimming the lead to, 30-16. Joseph Trevino answered with a bucket for the Wildcats, but on the other end Leal tipped in a miss by Montes, making the score, 32-18.
With time winding down in the half, Tyler Jones was fouled on an attempt by Cisneros and split the free throws, making the score, 33-18, going into halftime.
Out of the break, Tyree Jones hit Davis with an outlet pass for a quick lay-up and they followed it up on their next possession with an alley-oop off the backboard from Longoria that was slammed home by Tyree Jones, extending their lead to, 37-18.
Cisneros got the Hornets on the board in the second half with a lay-up and an and-one foul, trimming the lead back down to, 37-21.
With 18:28 to play in the game, Salazar drove the lane and kicked it to Longoria for a lay-up and Longoria followed it up with a put-back off of his own miss on the next play to stretch their lead back out to, 41-21.
Cisneros pass the ball to Montes on the wing, who passed it right back to a cutting Cisneros on the give-and-go for a lay-up, but Tyree Jones answered with a bucket on the other end for the Wildcats, making the score, 43-23.
With 15:04 to play, Montes was fouled on an attempt by Longoria; he missed the free throw, but Battin got the offensive rebound and knocked down a jumper in the lane, trimming the lead to, 43-25.
Trevino knocked down a leaner from the right side and Daniel Stinson found Tyler Jones down low for a lay-up to push their lead to, 47-25. Cisneros dropped in a lay-up and then on their next possession lobbed a pass over the top to Montes for a lay-up, trimming the lead to, 47-29.
With 11:40 remaining, Battin picked up a steal and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up, cutting the lead to 12 points, 47-31. Cisneros dropped in a scoop lay-up and Leal followed it up with a three from the right wing, cutting the lead to single-digits, 47-36.
Davis ended the scoring drought for Littlefield with a three from the left elbow, pushing the lead back out to 14 points, 50-36.
Tyree Jones got the break going with a pass ahead to Davis for a lay-up and Valdez, on their next possession, got the ball inside to Longoria for a lay-up, making the score, 54-36, with just under seven minutes to play.
Cisneros banked in a turnaround jumper from the left side for Sudan, but Tyree Jones answered with a put-back off of the miss by Longoria. On the other end, Montes was fouled on a lay-up by Stinson, earning an and-one foul on the play.
Tyler Jones was fouled on a put-back attempt by Battin and converted the free throw and Juan Rios picked up a steal and drove to the basket, passing the ball back to a trailing Brown, who dropped in the easy lay-up, making the score, 62-43.
Montes scored a lay-up and drew a blocking foul on Trevino for the and-one, but Rios answered with a steal in the mid-court, finishing the play with a reverse lay-up to making the score, 64-46. With under one minute to play, Rios dropped in a fast-break lay-up, making the score, 66-46, as the Wildcats closed out the Hornets.
The Hornets were led in scoring by Cisneros, who finished with 13 points and Montes, who netted 12 points. Leal and Mendoza each tallied seven points, while Battin chipped in four points and Conley finished with three points.