Jr. Cyclones turn away Robinson

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR CORRESPONDENT
wholtsclaw@starhq.com

   The T.A. Dugger Junior Cyclones did what they had to do to win on Wednesday: keep the lead.
   Engaging in a tie with Ross Robinson Middle after a tenacious first quarter, the 'Clones took a hold of the game and never let go, eventually prevailing over the Redskins in a tight 33-24 battle.
   "Any win is a good win, especially against Ross Robinson. They're always tough," said TAD coach James Jacobs. "We played well enough to win it, it's great that all of the guys played hard. I'm proud of them."
   Led by Austin Taylor and Brian Jenkins, T.A. Dugger opened up the game with a quick lead. The Redskins got rolling behind the sharp shooting of Jordan Adams to tie the contest at eight a piece.
   Travis Bishop and Brent Shaver powered the Cyclones in the second quarter to a five-point lead over the 'Skins.
   The third quarter was purely defensive from both squads, as a total of eight points was dealt. Shaver and Taylor provided the offensive prowess for T.A. Dugger, while Tyler Cabell and Derek Trent made a solid effort for Robinson.
   The fourth quarter made up for the slight offense earlier with a good display from both squads. The Redskins jumped out behind Cabell and Trent -- then hit a brick wall.
   Josh Guinn and Preston Smith blasted out with some solid defense for T.A. Dugger late, as they held on to the 33-24 victory.
   Ross Robinson 41
   T.A. Dugger 18
   After a 4-4 tie at the end of the first period, the T.A. Dugger seventh-grade basketball squad simply fell apart.
   Being outscored a combined 25-5 in the second and third quarters, the Ross Robinson Redskins overwhelmed the Junior Cyclones 41-18 in the opener on Wednesday afternoon.
   Xavier Collard provided some high caliber execution for the 'Skins early in the contest, scoring a game high 11 points. His teammates Lane Dukert and Reed King added more points to the fire, and overwhelmed TAD with their defense.
   Wendell Loving and Logan Birchfield had solid outings for the Junior Cyclones. However, it just simply wasn't their evening.
   "We just played bad," said TAD coach Ryan Witten. "There is no excuse. I guess it was my fault, but they had a good team."