By Charles Ballard
San Jacinto News-Times
Atascocita - Coldspring ended their 2016 playoff run against the Wheatley Wildcats, Friday night at Atascocita High School in the Area Play off. After bringing home the “Bi-District” title against Bridge City with a win of 57 – 54 the Trojans fell just a tad short against the Wheatley Wildcats with a score of 73 to 58.
Coldspring posted 15 points to Wheatley’s 24 points during the first period, which kind of set the momentum in the Wildcats court. From the tipoff to the final buzzer, the Trojans played one of the best games that I have ever seen, a Trojan team play. However, the well-oiled machine of the Wildcats, no stranger to the playoff scene, came to play.
At the tipoff, the Wildcats scored 3 baskets within the first few seconds of the game that really moved the momentum in the Wildcats favor. After the Trojans managed to regroup and started their run, they had an uphill battle to perform.
The second period showed promise for the Trojans as they managed to match shot for shot against the Wildcats, scoring 11 points to Wheatley’s 11 points. Trey Cole, point guard for the Trojans managed a nice 3 buckets and one shot from downtown. After the half the Wildcats came out with fire in their eyes posting 23 points to Coldspring’s 15.
The Trojans went in at the half and regrouped their strategy, but then again so did the Wildcats. The fourth quarter was a lot more like the “Fighting Trojans” but the defense of the Wildcats manage to stop the run and held the Trojans to only 17 points. Which was better than Wheatley’s 15 points. The point spread was just too far to recover during the last few minutes of the game. Coldspring retained the “Bi-District” title and walked away with “Area-Qualifier”.
Folks, it was a loss but it was only a loss in points. The Trojans played one of the best games that I have seen in many, many years. They did come to play. Sometimes the opponent is just a little better than the home team. I normally would say that the winner just wanted the win a little more than the opponent. However, this time I can say without a doubt that the Trojans wanted this win more than I have ever seen. It was just not in the cards for the Trojans. The Trojans will be moved to the 3A division next year and it will not be any easier than the 4A division. The only good item in the basket is the schools that we will be playing are more on the Coldspring size, and this should be a lot more in Coldspring’s level.
Congratulations to the Coldspring Trojans and the Lady Trojans for making the 2016 playoff season, and that is the way I see it “Above the Rim”