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Cats too much for Bluejays

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Thayer Bobcats opened their home season Dec. 15 by hosting the high-flying Koshkonong Bluejays.

However, on this night it was the Cats who did most of the flying, knocking the Jays out of the sky 71-37.

Thayer got off to a bit of a tight start, thanks to some good defense from the Bluejays.

Koshkonong scored first, while the Bobcats came up short on their first volley of shots.

With Michael Lowther (two points) picking up two early fouls, Bobcat Head Coach Matt Pitts did some mixing and matching with his troops.

Matt Kojdecki came in and lit up the scoreboard, dropping in a 3-ball that touched nothing but the bottom of the net.

Once the Bobcats shook off their first period jitters, they began to get into a rhythm.

Koshkonong got some strong inside play and a couple of 3-pointers from their leading scorer, Tyler Roark.

With an eight-point lead at the half, Pitts certainly reminded his players of a few things they were letting slide, because the Bobcats came to life in the second half.

Blake Horton (three points) and Jacob Sims (four points) jumped into the passing lanes for a couple of steals, and Lance Schneider (18 points) made quick passes to open shooters and was also the recipient of a couple of nice passes for layups.

Eric Veatch (18 points) received a bullet pass in the lane, turned and laid it in.

Veatch also hit the boards strong, scored and also made points from the charity stripe.

As the Bluejays wore down, the Bobcats continued to accelerate.

Kodejski seemingly missed just one shot all night, on his way to a game-high 24 points. He, too, got a couple of rebounds and a steal, helping the Bobcats to a big 71-37 victory. Garrett Smith added three points for Thayer, while Jacob Eckman followed with one.

Koshkonong dropped its second game in a row Dec. 16 with a 50-39 setback to Greenwood.

Roark paced the Jays with 11 points against Greenwood, while Lucas England followed with 10, and Seth Walters five. Bill Pilkington and Phillip Cahoj tallied four points each, with Shane Davis and Garrett Belcher logging two points apiece. Ryan Ball finished with one point for Koshkonong.

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