WILDCATS RANKED 17TH
WEIMAR – Holy shizzle!
Weimar is ranked 17th in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches’ Jan. 7, 2019 poll for Class 2A.
Weimar High fans holding a ticket for the Wildcats District 29-2A opener against Shiner got a two-for-one special Friday night.
The packed house in the Weimar High School Gymnasium got treated to a circus and a basketball game.
It seemed as much an acrobatic display as a basketball contest, as the Wildcats steamrolled Shiner 80-46.
Before the fans could get comfortable in their seats, the Wildcats twisted, spun, shot, stole and darted their way to a 16-0 first quarter advantage.
The incredible combination of Weimar’s athleticism and speed was simply too much for the visiting boys from Shiner.
Weimar (15-5, 1-0) spent much of the night in transition mode. If Shiner wasn’t giving the ball to the Wildcats on unforced turnovers, Weimar’s boys were blocking shots in the lane and stealing errant Shiner passes.
The Wildcats were turning most everything they got going in their transition game into points.
If it wasn’t Davondrae Almeida or Clay Barton draining threes, it was Jacobi Rhodes and Dylerick Ellison and Vicente Cabrera driving the lane or hitting little jumpers from the key or cleaning the offensive glass for put-back baskets.
“We approach every game the same,” said Weimar head basketball coach Marcus O’Neill. “Overall, I thought it was a good team effort. I thought we lacked a little intensity towards the end of the first half. Other than that, I thought we were okay.”
Almeida scored nine of his 18 points in the first quarter when he helped Weimar to a 23-7 advantage after one period of play.
Weimar had Shiner on the ropes early.
During that 16-0 first quarter run, Shiner got off only one shot. Everything else was either blocked, or deflected, or stolen by the Wildcats before the Shiner kids could get off an attempt at the bucket.
It was 23-7 at the end of one period, and Mc-Neill started emptying his bench.
“We hoped to give all the kids an opportunity to play,” said McNeill. “We like to try a lot of different combinations.”
Weimar was up by 18 early in the second period when the wave of substitutions started coming from the Wildcat bench.
The Wildcat subs didn’t skip a beat.
They extended Weimar’s advantage to 25 within a matter of a couple trips up and down the floor and before you could blink, the Wildcats had a 46-20 halftime advantage.
It was more of the same in the second half, as Mc-Neill substituted often. Everything he tried was clicking for Weimar.
But McNeill never relaxed. He was coaching all night long. With the Wildcats up by 29 late in the third period, McNeill was alternating between coaching his kids on the floor and coaching his kids on the bench.
It was 65-36 at the end of three periods. The Wildcats kept it coming late. They outscored the Shiner boys 15-10 in the final quarter for the 34-point win.
“When you’re up big, you stick with what you believe,” said McNeill, whose team was about as laser-focused as it could be Friday night. “We like to see a balanced scoring effort. We don’t want to rely on just one player.”
McNeill got a balanced effort on the score sheet Friday night. Almeida led all scorers with 18 points, Barton chipped in 17, Rhodes had 14 and Ellison had 12.
WEIMAR 65 BURTON 33
BURTON – Weimar defeated Burton 65-33 in their last non-district game of the season on Jan. 8
The Wildcats jumped all over Burton early in the first quarter 17-7, and by halftime the Wildcats extended their lead to 34-18.
Burton could put up little resistance in the second half against Weimar’s starters and bench. The Wildcats went on a 12-2 run to start the third period, and by the end of the period the Wildcats led by 28 points, 51-23.
Weimar outscored Burton 14-10 in the final period.