DENTON — In its biggest game of the year, Trophy Club Nelson had one of its worst offensive nights of the season.
The Bobcats went nearly 10 minutes in the second half without a point as Denton Guyer went on an 18-0 run to claim a 53-38 District 5-4A victory.
The Bobcats (19-6, 8-2), who entered with a one game lead on Guyer (14-9, 8-2), fell into a tie for first place.
“We just got outplayed and there aren’t any excuses,” Nelson coach Scott Curran said. “We just didn’t execute and we let them loose on the 3s. They just outhustled us to the ball the whole second half.”
Jeremiah Taylor put Nelson up 34-31 with 4:15 to play in the third period, but the Bobcats wouldn’t score again until Emmanuel Nzekwesi, who had a game high 17 points, hit a pair of free throws with 2:33 remaining in the game.
From the time Taylor scored until the game ended, Nelson hit just 1 of 12 shots and turned the ball over seven times.
“It wasn’t that we just couldn’t make baskets, it was the quality of the shots we were taking,” Curran said. “There is a ton of basketball left to play, so we just have to go back and refocus.”
Miles Crawford led Guyer with 13 points and Josh Jordan added 11. Crawford kept Guyer in the game early as he scored eight of the Wildcats’ 12 first-quarter points.
Nelson led by as many as seven in the first quarter and never trailed until Mitchell Willard’s basket with five minutes to go in the third quarter gave Guyer a 31-30 lead.
Shelton Childress then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put Guyer up 37-34, and the Wildcats never trailed again.
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