The Wharton Tigers won their home opener in only their second game of the 2019-20 basketball season and they did it in a convincing way against Sweeny earlier this week.
The 73-45 victory was close for only the first few moments of the opening quarter. Wharton used a suffocating defense to thwart any offensive scheme by Sweeny and most times produced points off turnovers.
By the end of the non-district game, the Tigers had four players score in double figures. Among them were Roy Gentry and James Jones, each with 20 points, followed by Joerell Davis with 17 points and Fred Jones with 12.
Incredibly, Wharton spend little time at the free-throw line, shooting just three baskets, all of them by Davis (0-for-3).
Sweeny players had a tough time throughout the entire game keeping up with much more athletic Wharton athletes. One reason, Tigers coach Calvin King said, was because the varsity program will emphasis a running style.
King said in his first year as coach of the WHS basketball program, it was a learning experience. He said it was an important time for the Tigers to get to know him and vice versa.
“We’re going to be the Runnin’ Tigers and it’s going to be very different than last year; we hope our fans will enjoy coming to our games,” King said before the first home game.
Wharton never trailed in the game. Davis scored the game’s first basket after getting a rebound on the other end. Sweeny tied it at 2-2 and that was as close as the game got.
Gentry would score the next three baskets for an 8-2 advantage, forcing Sweeny to call a timeout. It proved futile for Sweeny as WHS ended up taking its first double-digit lead on a James Jones basket.
The Tigers had a 23-point lead in the quarter. In the second, it as more of the same as they led by 25 points, 36-11, courtesy of a Fred Jones basket.
The Tigers are 2-0 for far as they defeated Rice Consolidated last week by double digits as well, 65-41.
In the second half WHS had a lead by more than 30 points.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To see a video of how the Runnin’ Tigers did against Sweeny and comments from Coach King about the team, visit www.journal-spectator.com.