• Wildcats squeak out win

    By Aaron Schwarz

    The Durant boys’ basketball team played an outstanding home game against Cascade on January 5. The final score was 38-37, with Durant winning by one point.

    In the first quarter, Cascade was ahead 17-6. In the second quarter, Cascade still held a lead with the score being 29-17. In the third quarter, Durant closed the gap in points, the score being 32-26. In the fourth and final quarter, Durant made an outstanding comeback against Cascade, scoring a dozen points to take the win.

    “We played pretty good defense and pretty good offense, pushing when we needed to and breaking the zone accordingly,” said junior center Joe Lilienthal, commenting on the game.

    Starters on the team included Mason Compton, Easton Botkins, Bryce Lafrenz, and Lilienthal. Non-starters included Drew Delong, Marcus Engstler, Brendan Paper, and Zac Badtram.

    The team had a total of three three-point shots made, eight offensive rebounds, 16 defensive rebounds, 12 assists, six steals, and four successful blocks. Botkins and Lafrenz both tied for leading scorer with 10 points each. Lilienthal and Compton scored seven points each, and Engstler scored four points.

    Botkins had two successful three-point shots and Compton also made one three-point shot as well. Engstler, Lafrenz, Lilienthal, and Badtram all had two offensive rebounds. Lilienthal also had the most defensive rebounds, having a total of six.

    Lafrenz had the most successful steals with two. Engstler had the most assists with five. He also led in blocks with five.