MS Cats’ win streak reaches five

Dave Foster, Staff Writer

With a 52-44 victory over the Space Coast Vipers, the boys’ basketball middle school team extended its winning streak to five games.  The Wildcats’ balanced attack again prevailed over the scrappy Vipers for a 3-0 season sweep of Space Coast. West Shore was able to  prevent a late-game rally thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers from guard Esteban A. Adrian G. led with nine points and Keegan S. chipped in with eight points. The victory improved the Wildcats’ record to 6-2.

On Thursday, the Wildcats overcame their nemesis with a 39-21 road win against the Edgewood Indians. The Indians provided the only two blemishes on the Wildcats’ record, a blowout road loss and a close at home heartbreaker. In a defensive battle, Coach Greg Buttrick unleashed a new defensive strategy to ruin the previously unbeaten record of the Indians.  Eighth-grader Keegan S. set the tone on defense, limiting Edgewood’s two top scorers to a combined five points, and Tyler G. led the way on offense with 12 points.
“This is a win the boys will remember for a long time,” Buttrick said.  “I was so proud of our boys’ effort tonight as they really took it to them.”

Still earlier in the week, the Wildcats jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to a 60-44 victory over the Cocoa Beach Minutemen. Sixty points in a middle school game is a rare feat. Because of the two non-consecutive quarter limit, each player is limited to 16 minutes of floor action, forcing the coaches to balance their scorers evenly in each quarter and lessening the offensive firepower.

“Scoring 60 points in a middle school basketball game is almost unheard of, but these boys are amazing sometimes,” Buttrick said. The Wildcats had a balanced attack as their leading scorers, Tyler G. and Keegan S., had 10 points apiece.

The nine-game middle school basketball season wraps up at home Tuesday versus the Cocoa Beach Minutemen at 7 p.m.

Editor’s note: Brevard Public Schools policy prohibits the inclusion of middle-schoolers’ last names on its web sites.