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Time off no problem for Thayer

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The recent ice storm that swept through the region caused all kinds of havoc and even had an effect on the sports calendar.

But after a week-long lay off, including the cancellation of the annual Mountain Grove Tournament, the Thayer Bobcats finally hit the court Feb. 3 for a South Central Association showdown with the Willow Springs Bears.

The Cats ran out to a huge lead early, but then had to hold on late to knock off the Bears 54-50.

Thayer was understandably a little rusty, but still jumped out to a commanding 14-6 first-quarter lead.

The Bobcat defense took over in the second quarter forcing Willow Springs into a rash of turnovers.

Luke Martin, Jacob Eckman and Lance Schneider attacked the passing lanes, and were able to get their hands on the ball.

Eckman stepped in front of a Bears' pass and pitched a quick release to Ryan Veatch for another Bobcat bucket at the other end of the floor.

At the break, the Bobcats were in a comfort zone with a 30-13 lead.

But the second half of this SCA battle was slightly different.

The Bears got hot from behind the 3-point arc and were coming up with nothing but the sound of nylon as their shots splashed through. Thayer had went stone-cold flat and only managed eight points in the third, while giving up 21 points to Willow Springs.

Still, the Bobcats led 38-34 heading into the fourth.

Tension from the crowd was thick as fans began to sit on the edge of their seats for the final quarter.

The Bobcats switched into a man-to-man defense which helped to slow the open 3-point attempts, but Willow Springs ran a good set of screens to free up shooters, shooters who were deadly.

With 5:49 left in the fourth, Thayer held onto a one-point advantage, 41-40.

The Bobcats worked the ball inside to Jacob Eckman who was able to get off some bank shots underneath, while also getting fouled. Eckman was able to keep his high-percentage marks at the free throw line going, and the Bears were over the limit for team fouls. Teetering between a one-point or a four-point lead in the final two minutes of action, the Bobcats' defense stole the ball to seal the game with a 54-50 victory over the Willow Bears.



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