Bobcats capture trophy at Big Sandy
Last updated 12/5/2023 at 10:04am
The Orangefield Bobcats took home the championship trophy the first weekend of December from Big Sandy. The Bobcats played the host school the Big Sandy Wildcats ranked fourteenth in the state for class 2A on Saturday and won 36-26 to be the champions.
The game proved to be a battle of two stout defenses as open shots were hard to come by. The Bobcats were led in scoring by Zane Wrinkle with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Kadyn Rucker also played well, turning in 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kane Smith had a great game contributing 4 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Jaden Scales pitched in with an impressive 6 rebounds from his point guard spot.
Orangefield wrapped up pool play on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game of the tournament on Saturday. The Bobcats took a 74-63 win over the Onalaska Wildcats. Leading the Bobcats in scoring were Jaden Scales with 34 points including hitting five of nine from beyond the arc and Zane Wrinkle with 30 points after hitting six three-pointers. Scales contributed 4 assists and 2 steals while Wrinkle pitched in 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Kane Smith had a well-rounded game with 5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Orangefield was able to tally two victories on Thursday in the tournament. The Bobcats played Lake Houston in their first game and came away with a 61-53 victory. Zane Wrinkle was a top performer for the Bobcats in the game with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. Griffin Thomas was second high scorer for Orangefield registering 18 points while grabbing 4 rebounds, handing out 3 assists, and making 2 steals. Kane Smith had a strong game adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
The second game of the first day of the tournament saw the Bobcats defeat Splendora 48-40. Zane Wrinkle was again the top scorer for Orangefield with 22 points to go with 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Jaden Scales followed with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Kane Smith and Mason Manning did good work on the glass chipping in with 5 rebounds apiece.
The Orangefield Bobcats improved their record to 4-1 on Tuesday, November 28. The Bobcats doubled the score over Beaumont Kelly with a 73-36 win at home.
Sophomore Griffin Thomas was the leading scorer for Orangefield with 23 points including five three-pointers. Zane Wrinkle led in rebounds with 13 and tallied 19 points for the Bobcats.
Kane Smith contributed 8 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and made 4 steals in the victory. Jaden Scales also scored 8 points to go along with his 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and a steal. Kadyn Rucker rejected four shots by Kelly.
The Orangefield Bobcats went 4-0 during the weekend tournament bringing their overall record to 8-1. Orangefield will be back on the court Thursday as they are the host of the Bill Tennison Basketball Tournament the second weekend of December.