Bulldogs find success at Holiday Tournament

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Wheaton's Hilsden Mosley puts up a shot for the Bulldogs during the Southwest Holiday Tournament. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Wheaton ends tourney with 1st win of the season

Growth and balance were the two biggest things that Chris Kennedy, Wheaton basketball coach, was looking for as his hoops team invaded the Southwest Holiday Tournament.

After a pair of setbacks, the Bulldogs finally put the puzzle pieces together with a 58-50 victory over Exeter to snag seventh place.

"We are much improved over where we were this time last year," Kennedy said. "We are still learning to play basketball with the right balance and aggression."

The team leaned on Hilsden Mosley and Klay Reed, who finished with 16 points each against the Tigers, and Tate Banks, who recorded 12 more to provide the offensive punch on Thursday.

"It was nice to see those players step up and lead," Kennedy said. "We have some guys like Jayce Brattin, our point guard, who are out of place, and other guys that have to play inside who aren't necessarily inside players. We have to keep taking steps forward."

Kennedy said his team has improved in its offensive sets this year and is getting open looks that were not there last season.

"We are moving the ball pretty well this season," Kennedy said. "The problem now is to get those shots to go down. I'd like to see us shoot near 50 percent from the floor. We do that and we'll find ourselves with a chance to win a lot of games."

Wheaton opened the new year at home on Tuesday against College Heights. Game results were not available at presstime.

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