Gonzales, Cache boys top Woodward, 49-34
CACHE - Cache split two home basketball games Friday in its last action before the holiday break.
Cache's boys used tough defense to hold off Woodward, 49-34. In the girls game, Class 5A No. 6 Woodward was too much for Cache in a 47-28 win.
Cache boys win 4th straight
Miles Thompson doesn't mind being fluid with his starting lineups.
"Every day in practice we're evaluating," said the Cache coach. "We mix and match every day in practice."
Thompson gave the starting nod to Zavon Griffin, Hayden Nunley, Morgan Cox, Dante Jones and Kaieem Caesar, the group validated that decision by coming out with a noticeable intensity in a 49-34 win over Woodward.
That lineup jumped out to a 7-0 lead and helped hold the Boomers to just one first-half field goal.
"They kicked the crap out of everyone in practice, so that's who we started," Thompson said. "I was real happy for them (in the beginning). They showed a little bit of the chemistry they showed in practice. I probably should've gone back to that lineup a little more."
Diego Gonzales scored 16 points off the bench, including 8-of-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs held off a late Woodward surge.
The Boomers got as close as 12 points with 6:24 left in the fourth off a steal and coast-to-coast layup from Blake Alexander. Cache freshman forward Parker Carbone (seven points) answered with and-1 inside and Woodward never could get back in it.
Cache extended a 16-7 halftime lead to 20-9 in the third quarter. The Bulldog guards helped create scoring opportunities inside by slashing through Woodward's long, rangy defenders and feeding Carbone and the other Cache big men.
"We were able to pull them out and get some easy ones. They were scrambling and we were able to get some wide-open ones and get some bumps," Thompson said. "We missed a few, and our guards had a few turnovers, but they handled the ball well for the most part. They helped us get some easy stuff."