The Carlisle Bison were in desperate need of a victory after dropping two straight, falling to 3-3 on the season. They got that win in the final game before Christmas break.
The Bison (4-3) used a 14-0 run in the first quarter against Palestine-Wheatley to beat the Patriots 60-28 at Bison Arena on Dec. 20.
"We needed a win badly," Carlisle coach William Rountree said. "The guys responded really well. We’d had a couple of good practices and we apparently had a good transfer of learning because we executed on the game court."
Before the game, Rountree said he told his team that they needed a lot of energy on defense, share the ball, attempt to dominate every possession instead of settling, attack on offense and have fun.
"We accomplished all five of those objectives," Rountree said. "This is a good team when we play like we’re capable of playing."
The Patriots scored the first four points of the game, forcing Rountree to call a timeout.
Carlisle’s Chris Hart converted a three-point play to ignite a 14-0 run to give the Bison a 14-4 lead. The Bison took a 5-4 lead on a basket by Justice Bryant. Carlisle led 16-7 after the first quarter.
The Patriots scored the first four points of the second quarter to cut Carlisle’s lead to 16-11. The Bison then went on a 13-0 run to lead 29-11. Dathan Hill scored nine during the run as the Bison led 34-13 at halftime.
Carlisle had another big run in the third quarter, scoring 14 in a row to lead 51-16 heading into the fourth quarter.
Carlisle’s largest lead was 37 points at 53-16 following a layup by Cole Sheets early in the fourth quarter.
Austin Reed led the Bison with 14 points. He also had five rebounds. Hill had 13 points. Clayvon Edwards had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hart had eight points. Bryant scored six. Braden Reed had four. Brady Mathis hit a three-pointer. Sheets scored two.
Jordan McNutt led Palestine-Wheatley with five points.