Cats give Turner Power-points lesson
There was nothing fancy about the way Graham Power helped De Soto rally for a season-opening 63-60 win Friday over Kansas City Turner -- he just found the open man and got him the ball.
The senior appeared to know where his teammates were going before they did as he split the Golden Bear defense with five assists during the final 10 minutes, 19 seconds of the game.
Hunter Noe was on the other end of three of the assists on his way to 12 points on the night.
"He just did a great job of getting open," the 6-2 senior Power said of Noe. "We played so much basketball over the summer that I knew where he was going to be. That's how we connected."
De Soto led almost the entire first period before Turner gained the lead with 6:46 remaining in the second period. The visitors went ahead 21-19 on Raphael Robinson's layup on a feed by Turner guard Tyler Haffner.
The Golden Bears didn't trail again until Power got hot with his passing.
He found Noe and Danny Brown, who led the Wildcats with 22 points, on back-to-back scores to tie the game at 37-37 with 1:48 left in the third stanza. Noe then worked the boards for an offensive rebound and putback, giving the Wildcats a brief lead.
Power connected with Noe one more time, starting the scoring in the fourth period and giving the Wildcats a 41-40 advantage.
The Golden Bears took the lead one more time before Brown took over with some hot outside shooting.
The junior guard hit a three-pointer to give De Soto the lead for good at 44-42 with 5:26 left in the game. He and older brother Ryan then hit consecutive three-pointers, boosting the Wildcats to a four-point advantage with four minutes remaining.
Danny Brown's layup on an inbounds play gave the Wildcats their biggest lead of the game at 56-48 with less than two minutes left in the game.
Ryan Brown then sealed the win by connecting on five of six free throws in the final 24 seconds of the game.
The Golden Bears did give Wildcat fans some anxious moments late in the game when Haffner and Mike Thompson sandwiched a pair of three-pointers around two free throws by Brown.
Following a pair of Brown free throws with three seconds left, Noe stole a pass and held onto the ball as the clock ran out.
"I just went through my routine and stepped up and knocked them down," Ryan Brown said of his heroics at thecharity line. "I didn't want to let my teammates down. Coach makes it easier by putting us in pressure game situations at practice."
Ryan Brown was the third Wildcat to score in double digits with 14 points on three field goals and seven-of-10 shooting from the charity stripe.
Ryan Brown and Noe led the way on the boards with seven apiece as the Wildcats edged the Golden Bears 31-24 in that area. Josh Arnold and Danny Brown added six and five caroms, respectively.
Robinson started his season off on a fast note by leading Turner with a game-high 25 points. The senior added six rebounds to his line.
Chris Milan was the only other Golden Bear in double figures with 13 points. He also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds on the night.
Both teams shot hot for the game. De Soto connected on 23-of-47 (48.9 percent) field goals, and 12-of-17 free throws. Turner ripped the net on 24-of-46 (52.2 percent) field goals and nine of 15 charity tosses.
The Wildcats did turn the ball over 28 times.
De Soto 63, Kansas City Turner 60
De Soto (1-0): Ryan Brown 3 7-10 14, Danny Brown 9 1-2 22, Graham Power 3 0-0 7, Hunter Noe 6 0-0 12, Josh Arnold 2 2-3 6, Taylor Burnett 0 2-2 2. Totals 23 12-17 63.
Kansas City Turner (0-1): Wes Simmons 3 0-1 6, Chris Milan 6 1-3 13, Raphael Robinson 9 7-8 25, Mike Thompson 2 0-0 5, Casey Green 2 0-1 5, Tyler Haffner 2 1-2 6. Totals 24 9-15 60.
DHS 17 -- 12 -- 10 -- 24 63
THS 13 -- 18 -- 09 -- 20 60
Three-point goals: Ryan Brown, Danny Brown 3, Graham Power; Mike Thompson, Casey Green, Tyler Haffner.