The Dunwoody Wildcats boys’ basketball season is in full swing, and the Wildcats are looking to rebound and make the state playoffs after being eliminated last season in the region tournament.
Led by six seniors who are all returning varsity players, the Wildcats have not gotten off to the hot start they were looking for. Through their first eight games, the Wildcats hold an overall record of 3-5, and a just 1-3 record in region play.
The team tipped off its 2012 season over the Thanksgiving Day break, with a three-day tournament at Johns Creek High School. The Wildcats suffered a six point loss to Pope, in their opening game of the tournament but rebounded with a four point win over Mount Vernon Presbyterian, and a 59-37 demolition of the home team, Johns Creek Gladiators.
“It was important to get off to a good start, and we did just that in the Thanksgiving Day Tournament”. Said the Wildcats tallest player, 6-foot-5-inch center Kyle Smith, who anchors the center position. “Now it’s time for us to get back on track, after four tough losses in a row.”
The Wildcats carried over their good play from the Thanksgiving Day tournament into their first region road game of the season, by defeating the Arabia Mountain Rams 72-66 in a closely contested game. The Wildcats were led by Richard Carrington who carried the Wildcats with 24 points, and has been a key contributor off the bench this season.
After a fast 3-1 start, the Wildcats proceeded to drop their next three region games. The Wildcats first region loss came at the hands of the North Atlanta Warriors and their standout 6-foot-nine-inch center Noah Dickerson who tallied 27 points leading the Warriors to a 61-44 win.
The Wildcats were unable to rebound after their second loss of the season, losing a heartbreaker to the Clarkston Angoras 78-77, on the road. The Wildcats were unable to maintain an 11-point third quarter lead, and were victimized by the Angoras hot three-point shooting.
On Friday night the Wildcats were unable to snap their losing skid, falling on the road 60-40 to the Tucker Tigers. The Wildcats fell behind 16-3 to start the game, which proved to be too big a deficit to overcome.
“Our goal is not only to make the state playoffs, but win the state championship.” Said senior captain, and third year varsity point guard DeChard Hamilton. “We haven’t played like the team we’re capable of being, but I think as the season goes on, we can become a great team.”
The Wildcats dropped their fourth game in a row Saturday night in a non-region game against the Mount Pisgah Patriots 58-55. The hot shooting Patriots proved to be too much to handle for the cold shooting Wildcats.
The Wildcats continued region play this week against their rival, the Lakeside Vikings at home on Tuesday and the Stephenson Jaguars on the road Friday night.