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Cedar Creek, Hutto cruise in victories over Wildcats

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    Tim Upton, #12, soars above the rim for a dunk against Cedar Creek.
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    Greg Aguirre, #21, is pure focus on a free throw attempt. Photos by Ron Ramirez

Cedar Creek’s Eagles (10-12) came onto Elgin’s home court last Tuesday night and proceeded to show off some long-distance shooting skills for the fans as they outpaced a decent shooting performance by the ‘Cats.

Elgin’s starting five consisted of junior Bo Gary (#4), senior Odie Henze (#11), senior Tim Upton (#12), senior Terrell Johnson (#23) and junior Savion Gatewood (#24).

The first period was very competitive as both teams traded shots and rebounds back and forth, with the Eagles leading by four points after one quarter, 17-13.

Cedar Creek’s guards then got hot as players Ramirez and Canada drained several long-distance shots for the Eagles. Big man Alfred Collins, who has been offered football scholarships by almost every major program, also contributed with rebounds and points under the basket. Wildcats Gary, Upton and Johnson made their share of shots as well, never giving up. I was especially happy to see how tough Elgin played against six-foot, six-inch, 260-pound Collins under the basket. Even though they were outsized by five or six inches and outweighed by 50 pounds, these Wildcat players didn’t back down at all against Collins, making him earn everything he got.

Cedar Creek’s pin point shooting led to a 10-point half time lead, 36-26. The second half was more of the same, as the third period score was 52-39 Eagles and the final score was a solid win by Cedar Creek 65-52.

If you like consistency, Elgin scored 13 points in the first period, 13 in the second, 13 in the third, and to top off the night, 13 in the last period as well. They were led by Gary’s 18 points and Upton’s 10 points. Upton had two very nice dunks that got all the fans excited and off their seats. The top two rebounders were Gatewood and Johnson. Gary, Johnson and Aguirre all contributed three-point shots.

The Wildcat freshman team beat Cedar Creek’s freshmen 66-46, and the junior varsity lost a close contest 55-50.

Because of possible severe weather, Friday night’s game on January 10 in Hutto was moved to Saturday afternoon. The district-leading Hippos (22-3, 3-0 district) had little trouble putting away the Wildcats (9-13, 0-3 in district). After taking a commanding lead of 53-22 at half, they cruised to an easy victory 99-53.

Upcoming games for Elgin includes Tuesday, January 14 at home against East View, and on Friday, January 17, they travel to Bastrop to take on the Bears. Varsity games start at 7 p.m., while junior varsity and freshman games start at 5:30 p.m.