The second-ranked Cayuga boys basketball team opened up its much-anticipated 2012-2013 season with a thrilling, 72-66 loss on the road to Class 1A, Division II No. 2 Douglass Tuesday.
The game was called with 18 seconds remaining after a hard foul led to an altercation on the court.
Cayuga cut what was a nine-point Douglass lead at the half to only two points heading into the fourth quarter, but could never make up that deficit.
University of Hartford-commit Preston Anderson had a strong opening game, scoring 29 points and hitting four three-pointers. Deon Shofner added 16 points and Hunter Jenkins had 14, including four threes of his own.
But, the Wildcats couldn’t stop Douglass’ Reed Westbrook, who scored a game-high 36, including 17 in the fourth quarter alone.
Cayuga (0-1) opens play in the Fairfield tournament at 6 p.m. today against Melissa.
WESTWOOD 54, OAKWOOD 40
The Westwood boys’ basketball team spoiled the season opener for Oakwood Tuesday, leading from nearly tip-off to the final buzzer in a 54-40 victory Tuesday in Oakwood.
Westwood led by four after the first quarter and six at the half, and continued to pull away in the second half.
J.J. Turner led Westwood with 13 points, while Jacobee Newton added 11 and L.J. Hutchison had nine.
Both Chris Thompson and Sam Carlisle both had six.
Jacquez Anderson led Oakwood — which played without star junior Damiyne Durham — with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Bryson Randle had eight points and four assists, while David Allen had five points.
Westwood (5-3) opens up the Centerville tournament against Buffalo today, while Oakwood (0-1) takes on Rusk at 6 p.m. to open Frankston’s Azalea Orthopedic Invitational.
ELKHART 77, Lovelady 71
Jacob Cheatham scored 29 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as the Elkhart boys’ basketball team topped visiting Lovelady, 77-71, Tuesday in Elkhart.
Cheatham hit a team-high six three-pointers in the win, which moved Elkhart to 3-4 on the season.
Cole Bridges added 16 points in the victory, while Colby McAdams had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brian Johnson scored 9 points.
Elkhart hosts Class 1A, Division II’s sixth-ranked Laneville Saturday, with games beginning at 6 p.m.