Senior Alex Zike led three other teammates in double figures scoring 18 points while knocking down five threes Tuesday and guided the Bearcats to an 70-51 home victory against Community R-VI of Laddonia.
“We have only one senior with Alex and he is very important to our team and a good kid. He had five 3-pointers tonight and he really stretches the floor with his shooting, said Bearcats boys coach Nic Zenker. “When he hits shots like that, if forces teams not to double team a couple of our other guys, and it really opens up out inside-out style of game that we want to play. As long as we can play the game in that order, we’re a pretty good basketball team.”
Cairo’s shot selection during the night seemingly was spot-on as a team they connected on seven of nine threes and made 50 percent of its field goals (20 of 40).
Much of this was credited with Cairo’s height advantage by having three of its starters (6′6 fr. Gage Wilson, 6′5 jr. Jacob Davis and 6′4 soph. Bryce Taylor – all stand above anyone that the Trojans put on the floor. Besides dominating play at the rim, the trio often disrupted shots that were released by Community would-be scorers.
The Trojans made 12 of 40 field goals in the game, and struggled with its shooting behind the arc going 8-for-38.
Cairo extended its six point margin from the opening period to taking a 43-29 halftime command, and led 59-40 when the last segment began.
Wilson dumped in 14 points and both Taylor and Davis added 13 each. Also scoring for Cairo (16-5, 5-3 CAC) was junior point guard Colby Hale with eight points, and Isaac Brockman and Jayden Warren came off the bench to score three and two points accordingly.
“I believe our height advantage played a factor and we made them play more to our game. I would not say we forced Community into taking so many outside shots but that we took away their two best shooters, the Escamilla brothers, who are really good for them. The older brother (sr.) Blaze had eight threes the last time we played them and his brother (jr.) Caen had four to five I believe,” said Cairo coach Zenker. “We were wanting to deny them from taking the three or making them take tougher shots, and let the other guys shoot the three and I believe we did that.”
Eric Hombs led all scorers with 28 points in a losing effort for the Trojans (10-12, 2-6 CAC). Caen Escamilla ended up with nine points and his brother Blaze had eight.
Cairo has a make up game Wednesday at Slater and wraps up its regular season ledger Thursday competing at Sturgeon.