Keith’s Rashaud Thomas battles for a rebound with a Wilcox Central player in Friday’s night’s semifinal game.--Daniel Evans
Keith’s Rashaud Thomas battles for a rebound with a Wilcox Central player in Friday’s night’s semifinal game.-- Daniel Evans

Wilcox Central charges past No. 2 Keith

Published 1:14am Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wilcox Central came out of the gates firing on all cylinders against Keith and never let up, steamrolling the Bears 88-61 Friday night at the Dallas County Classic Tournament.

Wilcox Central led the entire game after starting on a 12-2 run. Every time it looked like Keith might be easing its way back into the game the Jaguars put together another run.

“They hit us in the mouth and they kept hitting us in the mouth and as a team I think we threw a jab but we never hit back,” Keith head coach Tommy Tisdale said. “We just stood there and took it.”

Tisdale isn’t sure what has changed over the last week or so with his team, but the results aren’t what he’s looking for. After giving up 84 points in a close loss to R. C. Hatch, the Bears watched another team nearly hang 100 points on them.

“Defensively, we have to get the toughness back,” Tisdale said. “Even in the double overtime win against Wilcox it was an 80-something point game. Right now we have to commit ourselves on that end.”

Tisdale said he wants to make sure everyone is on the same page.

“I told them right now there is an internal problem and we have to figure it out,” Tisdale said. “It’s camouflaged by our record and the way we have been performing but here lately something has changed and I don’t know what it is.”

Keith looked like it had survived the Jaguars’ early storm by turning an early 12-2 deficit into a 22-18 deficit at the end of the first quarter, but the storm was yet to come.

Wilcox outscored the Bears 23-8 in the second quarter to take a commanding lead that swelled to nearly thirty in the second half. Wilcox led 65-46 after the third quarter. Keith will play Selma in the third place game at 4:30 p.m.

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