Bulldogs squeeze past Wildcats

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Wheaton knocking off rust to start season

For three quarters, the Wheaton boys (2-1) looked out of sync and were just happy to remain a point down to Verona (1-2).

However, basketball games are not three quarters long, and the fourth quarter was a one-sided surge that turned a 27-26 hole into a 37-30 win.

“It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure,” said Jody Cavness, Wheaton coach. “We opened the season playing two solid games, and tonight, we just for whatever reason, never got into the full rhythm. But, I told our guys I didn’t care if we won 5-0 or whatever, just as long as we go a win.”

Jack Mitchell scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter, and the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run. Mitchell finished the game with 25 points to lead all scorers.

“I am proud of how we finished — we found a way,” Cavness said. “The last couple of years, we made excuses for not finishing games, and these guys tonight just ground and found a way.”

As Wheaton begins to push into its schedule, the goal is to become more refined.

“We are still raw and need to learn to play together,” Cavness said. “We have time on the court and time at practice to work on those things.”

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