Aledo Sports Daily
LOOKING FOR 2014 PLAYOFF INFORMATION?
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Aledo Bearcats rode the hot shooting of # 10 Dawson Gates' 17 points to blast into the playoffs defeating South Hills in a due or die game. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Bearcats Secure Playoff Spot with 55-46 Win on the Road over South Hills
The Aledo Bearcat team has a flair for the dramatic. For the second year in a row they waited until the last game of the year to let Bearcat fans know their playoff fate. Last year, they won their last game but lost out on the playoffs when Granbury snuck in upsetting O. D. Wyatt
There would be no such drama this year as Aledo rode the hot hand of junior guard Dawson Gates. Aledo had a 29-21 halftime lead and Gates put the nail in the coffin for the Scorpions hitting three (3) three-pointers in the third quarter.
Aledo sealed the deal outscoring South Hills 15-13 in the fourth quarter to win the game going away 55-46.
It really seemed unlikely Aledo could pull off the playoff berth. After beginning the season 4-0, they hit some hard times the second half of district with five of seven games on the road. Aledo had lost four straight and were 1-5 in the second half of district.
The Bearcats reached back and did what they needed to turn back a hot South Hills team. It was gut check time for the Bearcats and they fulfilled the promise they showed earlier in the year in tough District 7-4A.
Carl Williams scored 11 and Luke Bishop was also in double figures with ten points.
The Bearcats will face District 8-4A Champion (24-3) Everman Bulldogs Tuesday February 18 at Brewer High School. Everman is currently ranked # 14 in Class 4A.
It will be a repeat performance for the Bearcats in the playoffs under Coach Steve Smith. Aledo was in the game against Trimble Tech trailing only 23-21 at halftime in 2012. The Bulldogs eventually won the 2012 Bi-District playoff game 61-39.
Leading Bearcats vs. South Hills Scorpions
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Sean Church is a two year letterman for the Bearcat varsity. He was amonng six seniors playing their last game at Bearcat Gym. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Bearcats Still Control Playoff Destiny Despite 52-43 Loss to Arlington Heights
By Steve Keck-Aledo Sports Daily
Bearcat Gym, TX—Just like last year, the Bearcat’s playoff fate will come down to the very last game of the district season. This year, Aledo is in the driver’s seat and can control their own playoff fate with just one more victory over surging South Hills.
Granbury has been eliminated at 5-8 with a 47-45 loss to South Hills last night. The victory for the Scorpions was their third in the last four games and has propelled them into the do-or-die final showdown with Aledo on Tuesday night.
Aledo got off to another slow start against Arlington Heights. The Bearcats could only manage 19 points by halftime and were down 27-19 at the end of the first half.
The Bearcats have been a second half team all season and Friday’s Senior Night home finale was no different. Aledo cut the Yellow Jacket lead to 39-35 heading into the fourth quarter. Arlington Heights pulled away in the fourth quarter to spoil Aledo’s Senior Night with a 52-43 victory.
The game was delayed one day due to bad weather Friday night. It was the final home game for Aledo seniors Josh Bell, Sean Church, Chandler Dean, Matt Dunn, Alex Stockdale, and Carl Williams.
Leading Bearcats vs. Arlington Heights
Playoff Scenarios for the Aledo Bearcats
Three teams have clinched playoff spots in District 7-4A. Trimble Tech has claimed the district championship with a perfect 13-0 record. Southwest (8-5) and Arlington Heights (8-5) are currently tied for second place in the district.
Southwest has the advantage because they play Western Hills (3-10) while Arlington Heights has to play Trimble Tech. The two teams could still tie.
For Aledo (6-7), it all comes down to the final game against South Hills (6-7). Unfortunately for the Bearcats, these are two teams going in opposite
directions in the second half of district play. Since Aledo beat South Hills at home 56-44 on January 17, the Bearcats are 1-5 while South Hills is 4-2.
The Bearcats will be playing their fifth road game out of seven in the second half of district. Aledo is also without big man Nick Losos who is lost for the season with an injury. Losos was really coming on as a first year varsity player on both ends of the court.
Aledo also lost star Carl Williams for the first game of the second half of district against O.D. Wyatt (3-10). With Williams in the lineup for that game, we would most likely be talking about the Bearcats already clinching a playoff spot.
It is what it is and what it is isn’t that bad at all. This year, the Bearcats simply have to win their last game and they make the playoffs. If you recall last year, the Bearcats had to win their final game on Senior Night to have a chance at the playoffs. The Bearcats won, but Granbury upset O.D. Wyatt and knocked the Bearcats out of the playoffs.
The game Tuesday night is at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center and tips off at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Games Cancelled Tonight Against Arlington Heights:
Freshman B Team at Burleson- Noon
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Senior Carl Williams scored 20 points against Trimble Tech. It was not enoough as the Bearcats fell to undefeated Trimble Tech 64-54. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Second Quarter Collapse Dooms Aledo against District 7-4A’s Best Trimble Tech Bulldogs
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Billingsley Field House, TX—The Aledo Bearcats started the game against district leader Trimble Tech without one of their key reserve players. Nick Losos will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
The Bearcats are already going through a rough stretch on the schedule playing their third straight road game and four of the last five away from home. On top of the schedule, they had to play undefeated district leader Trimble Tech.
This will be the last trip for Aledo to the historic Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth as a member of District 7-4A. Unfortunately, the Bearcats did not leave on a winning note as the Bulldogs defeated Aledo 64-54.
The Bearcats stayed with the quick and athletic Bulldogs in a fast paced first quarter. Braxton McCoy made a nice drive in the lane for a smooth left-handed layup and Matt Dunn hit a three-pointer early on giving Aledo a 5-2 lead with 5:00 left in the first quarter.
Trimble Tech was hot from three point land and nailed three in the first quarter. The third made the score 11-7 with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
Carl Williams went to work for Aledo receiving a nice wrap-around pass from Dakota Fisher for a bucket. Moments later, Williams drove the lane for a bucket and a foul putting Aledo back ahead 12-11 with 0:46 left in the first.
The Bulldogs held for the last shot and scored on a floater to end the first quarter with a 13-12 lead.
After Trimble Tech’s Fred Sample started the second quarter with a dazzling drive to the basket and a foul, the Bearcats came back to tie the game when Matt Dunn stole the ball and missed his shot. Carl Williams tipped in the Dunn miss.
Moments later, Matt Bishop snaked through the lane and scored on a nice drive through the lane. The Bearcats fought back to tie the score at 16-16 with 5:43 left in the second quarter.
After the score was tied, it was like the gates of hell opened on our Bearcats for the rest of the second quarter. It was probably not a good omen that the Bulldogs 6’ 7” post Spencer Franklin stepped back and nailed a three-pointer to start an incredible Trimble Tech run.
For the last 5:02 of the second quarter, Trimble Tech showed why they are an undefeated team and should be one of the favorites out of Region I when the playoffs start. They used their advantage in athleticism to force numerous Bearcat turnovers.
During one stretch, the Bulldogs forced five Bearcat turnovers without Aledo getting one field goal attempt. The Bulldogs converted the five turnovers into eight points and a 24-lead with 4:24 left in the second quarter.
Alex Stockdale finally got to the line but missed the front end of a one-and-one with 5:12 left until halftime. Trimble Tech scored five more straight points putting them up 29-16 with 2:14 left in the quarter.
With 2:00 minutes left in the quarter, Carl Williams missed the front end f his one-and-one attempt. The Bulldogs scored five more consecutive points giving then an 18-0 run to end the second quarter.
The Bearcats have a few games where there have been some offensive lapses, but nothing compared to Wednesday night at Billingsley Field House. Much of the credit has to go to the talented Trimble Tech team. They are loaded with athletes and can bury a team with the three pointer. The Bulldogs hit eight Wednesday night.
They are led by dynamic point guard Fred Sample (18 points) and guard D.J McMillan (18 points). Spencer Franklin is a space eater in the lane and an intimidating presence as a shot blocker in the middle.
One word this Bearcat team just does not have in their vocabulary is “quit”. Aledo fought back in the second half and solved the relentless full court pressure by the Bulldogs.
Braxton McCoy hit three long range bombs in the third quarter and Matt Dunn added another as Aledo won the third quarter 16-14. In the fourth, Carl Williams came alive with ten points and Dakota Fisher played excellent basketball on both ends of the court. Fisher scored four points in the quarter and Luke Bishop added three as the Bearcats won the fourth quarter 22-16.
It was just not enough for Aledo to overcome the 18 point lead by Trimble Tech at halftime.
Leading Bearcats vs. Trimble Tech Bulldogs
Playoff Scenarios for the Bearcats
Despite losing their last three district games on the road, the Bearcats are still in the driver’s seat for their playoff fortunes. In the jumbled District 7-4A playoff race, all that has really happened is Aledo dropped from second to fourth in the district.
It is a dubious position to be in because two games remain on the schedule and five teams have a shot of getting the last three playoff spots. Trimble Tech has clinched first place.
Aledo (6-6) has another huge game at home Friday night against Arlington Heights (7-5). It is Senior Night for the Bearcats and we need a huge crowd to support the Bearcats at 7:30 PM.
If the Bearcats win, they are still not assured of a playoff spot unless they beat South Hills the following Tuesday. Two wins and the Bearcats are in.
Southwest looks like they are in with a 7-5 record and two relatively easy games remaining against Wyatt and Western Hills.
Either Granbury or South Hills will be eliminated Tuesday night when the two teams play in Granbury. The loser will go to 5-8 and be out of the playoff hunt.
Here are the remaining games for the contenders:
Aledo (6-6)- vs. Arlington Heights (7-5); @ South Hills (5-7)
Arlington Heights (7-5)- @ Aledo (6-6); vs. South Hills (5-7)
Southwest (7-5)- @ Wyatt (3-8); vs. Western Hills (3-9)
Granbury (5-7)- vs. South Hills (5-7); @ Wyatt (3-9)
South Hills (5-7)- @ Granbury (5-7); @ Aledo (6-6)
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Senior Alex Stockdale used his size and quickness to score 10 poits and lead the team in rebounds against Granbury Friday night. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Bearcats Comeback Falls Just Short on the road at Granbury
Note: The game against Trimble Tech was moved to Wednesday, February 5
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Pirate Gym, Granbury, TX— Granbury is just a tough place to play. It was a heated contest between two tough teams Friday night in Granbury. Emotions stayed in check but some Granbury fans acted like they just don’t get out that often. It was at times a rough and ugly game held in check somewhat by the officials.
Aledo was fighting from behind the entire game but kept clawing back to almost win the game. The Bearcats were down 5-0 before Alex Stockdale scored the first Aledo basket with a basket with 4:15 left in the first quarter.
Luke Bishop scored on Aledo’s next possession to tighten the score to 5-4 in favor of Granbury. After Bishop’s basket, Granbury scored six of the next eight points with a Nick Losos basket sandwiched in between. Granbury led 13-8 and increased the lead to 15-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Aledo started a comeback beginning in the second quarter. Bishop scored the first two but Granbury hit a three-pointer giving them an 18-11 lead. The Bearcats went to work on the offensive end with two free throws by Stockdale.
Granbury scored on a nice finger roll after the two Stockdale free throws. The Bearcats then scored the next eight points. Nick Losos scored a basket and Carl Williams got his first basket of the game with 4:29 left to play in the first. Braxton McCoy missed the front end of a one-and- one, but Alex Stockdale got an offensive rebound and scored pulling Aledo within one 21-20.
Luke Bishop sank two free throws to give Aledo its first lead of the game 21-20. The Pirates responded but Carl Williams scored again giving Aledo a 23-22 lead with 2:42 left in the second quarter.
Aledo went stone cold from the field the rest of the quarter and Granbury closed the quarter with six straight points to take a 28-23 lead into halftime.
The Bearcats started off ice cold again from the field in the third quarter. Aledo did manage two free throws from Luke Bishop and one from Nick Losos. Meanwhile it was “bombs away” for Granbury and their sharp shooter Clay Brawner. He hit back-to-back three pointers to put Granbury up by ten, 36-26 with 3:4 left in the third.
Luke Bishop fought hard the entire night and found the basket with a nice jump stop to stop the bleeding with Aledo’s first field goal of the quarter with 3:23 to play.
The Pirates were already in the bonus toward the end of the third quarter. They hit three of four free throws to take an 11 point lead with 2:06 to play.
It was Luke Bishop again scoring a basket for the Bearcats. He trimmed the lead back to single digits with 1:52 to play.
Granbury Mitchell May missed two straight free throws with 1:35 left in the third that kept Aledo in the game. The Bearcats capitalized with a Braxton McCoy bucket and another by Alex Stockdale with 0:46 left to pull Aledo within seven, 41-34, going into the fourth quarter.
Stockdale kept the pressure on the Pirates with a basket on an excellent feed from Luke Bishop. Granbury was already in the one-and-one and hit both ends to go up 43-36.
Aledo went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 43-43. Carl Williams started things off going high to score off a great baseline move. Braxton McCoy followed with a tremendous drive down the lane scooping in a left handed layup. He was fouled and sank the free throw to pull Aledo within two at 43-41.
Carl Williams exploded again down the baseline for a basket with 3:16 remaining to tie the score at 43 and force a timeout by Granbury. Aledo was well represented in Granbury by students from the high school. The good crowd helped the atmosphere for the Bearcats.
Granbury scored again to go up by two points. The referees began to unravel in favor of the home team. Only down by two, the referees called an intentional foul on Luke Bishop with just under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
It was a terrible call which gave Granbury the possession of the ball after one made free throw put Granbury up by three, 46-43.
With possession of the ball and a three point lead, Granbury went into a spread offense to try and stall the rest of the clock. Coach Smith did not panic and have his team foul. The Bearcats played tough defense and caught a break when Brawner threw the ball away.
On Aledo’s next possession, Braxton McCoy hit a clutch three-pointer with 0:42 left in the game. It was the only three-pointer all night. Bearcat three-point specialists Matt Dunn and Dawson Gates were both scoreless in the game.
Granbury’s big man Mitchell jumped over the back of a Bearcat to get an offensive rebound and a bucket putting Granbury ahead by two with 0:23 seconds left.
Aledo had two excellent cracks at tying the game but Williams and Bishop could not get their shots to fall.
The Bearcats were forced to foul and the Pirates made one free throw for a three point victory over the Bearcats 49-46.
Luke Bishop had a season high 12 points and played a great game as Aledo's floor general in a 49-46 loss to Granbury. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Leading Bearcats vs. Granbury Pirates
Bearcats Playoff Scenarios
The good news is Aledo is still tied for second place in District 7-4A with a 6-5 record. The bad news is there are a lot of teams now who can strip Aledo of a playoff spot.
Whoever designed the schedule for the second half of district was a mean person. The Bearcats have to play five road games in the second half and will play their third road game in a row Wednesday night t Billingsley Field House.
Aledo has lost five District 7-4A games by a total of 19 points. That’s an average of 3.8 points per loss. One of the losses was on the road at Wyatt. Aledo lost that game by six points without the services of their top scorer and rebounder Carl Williams.
The Bearcats have a tough schedule the rest of the way. All three teams are pressing for a playoff spot. Aledo plays Trimble Tech (11-0) on Wednesday. They return home on Friday to play Arlington Heights who defeated Aledo 57-53 in the first half.
The final game is against South Hills who have shown some improvement in the second half of the season. They are currently tied with Granbury at 5-6 in district play. Aledo defeated South Hills 56-44 in the first meeting at home.
Here are the remaining games for teams either 6-5 or 5-6 in district. If you can figure out who has an advantage, please let me know. These teams have just been so evenly matched throughout the season:
Aledo (6-5)- @ Trimble Tech (11-0); vs. Arlington Heights (6-5); @ South Hills (5-6)
Arlington Heights (6-5)- @ Granbury (5-6); @ Aledo (6-5); vs. South Hills (5-6)
Southwest (6-5)- @ South Hills (5-6); @ Wyatt (3-8); vs. Western Hills (2-9)
Granbury (5-6)- vs Arlington Heights (6-5); vs. South Hills (5-6); @ Wyatt (3-8)
South Hills (5-6)- @ Southwest (5-6); @ Granbury (5-6); @ Aledo (6-5)
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Senior Dawson Gates scored 13 points against the Southwest Raiders and leads the Bearcats in Free Throw Percentage this season. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Bearcats Lose Another Close Call Falling to Ft. Worth Southwest 66-62
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
It was another close call for the Bearcats who lost their fourth district game to the Southwest Raiders 66-62 on the road.
Aledo has lost three of their four district games on the road. Things don’t get any easier for Coach Steve Smith and the Bearcats. They play at Granbury on Friday and stay on the road for a Tuesday night showdown with district leading Trimble Tech (10-0) Tuesday at Billingsley Field House.
District 7-4A is like a soap opera. All the teams are so evenly matched the games are close making predictions almost impossible. Last night, Trimble Tech beat Granbury 58-56 at home. The loss puts Granbury at 4-6 in district.
The game Friday at Granbury is the biggest game of the season for Aledo’s playoff hopes. If the Bearcats win, they will have a three game lead over the Pirates with three to play. It would clinch a playoff spot for Aledo if the Bearcats are tied with Granbury at the end of the season.
Arlington Heights is at 5-4 in district. They play Western Hills tonight and should go to 6-4 joining Aledo and Southwest. Adding in Trimble Tech, these four teams have the inside track for the playoffs.
Leading Bearcats vs. Southwest Raiders
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Senior Matt Dunn is the second leading scorer for the Bearcats and had a team high 15 against the Western Hills Cougars. Photo by Jeff Gallemore
Bearcats Prepare for Stretch Run with 58-28 Win over Western Hills
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
The Aledo Bearcats (6-3) took care of business Friday night at home with an impressive 58-28 win over Western Hills (1-8). It was the largest margin of victory so far in district play and the best defensive performance limiting the Cougars to 28 points.
Three Bearcats were in double figures scoring led by senior Matthew Dunn with 15 points. Leading Bearcat scorer Carl Williams was back after missing the 52-44 loss to O.D. Wyatt last week. Williams scored 13 points against Western Hills. Point guard Luke Bishop had his best game since coming back from football with 10 points.
There are no easy wins in District 7-4A. Even though the Cougars are dragging the bottom of the district, they have played some teams tough this season. Western Hills only lost to Granbury by three and played much better in the first game against Aledo when the Bearcats won 54-50.
Friday night, the Bearcats made sure there would be no late game drama outscoring the Cougars 28-15 in the first half. The Bearcat defense got even stingier in the second half allowing Western Hills only 13 points and Aledo scoring 30.
Crazy Playoff Scenarios in District 7-4A
With five games left, only two teams in district have secured their playoff fortunes. Trimble Tech is in at 9-0 and Western Hills is out at 1-8. Al the other teams in district have at least an outside chance at the playoffs.
Aledo is currently in second place and control their own destiny at 6-3. The Bearcats have a tough row to hoe with four of the final five games on the road. The Bearcats are 1-2 on the road this season in district play.
This is a huge week for the Bearcats playing two teams on the road who are still in the thick of the playoff hunt. Aledo will play resurgent Ft. Worth Southwest (5-4) Tuesday night at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. On Friday, Aledo travels to Granbury (4-5) for another huge game against their rival.
If the Bearcats can sweep this week, they will most likely clinch a playoff berth with eight victories and three games to play. Aledo would own the tie-breaker over both Southwest and Granbury with two game sweeps of both teams.
Arlington Heights was in the state tournament last year and are playing strong again with a 5-4 record and tied with Southwest for third place in district. The Yellow Jackets defeated Aledo 57-54 at home during the first half of district. They are a team to keep an eye on next week.
Leading Bearcats vs. Western Hills Cougars
Friday, January 24, 2014
Leading Bearcat senior Carl Williams was injured on this play against South causing him to miss Aledo's six point loss at O.D. Wyatt.
Bearcat Basketball Overcomes Adversity to Contend for Playoff Spot in District 7-4A
Commentary by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Aledo came within an eyelash of making the men’s basketball playoffs last year in a very tough basketball District 7-4A. This district has a tradition to sending teams to the state tournament in Austin. Last year Arlington Heights, third place in district, made it to the state tournament.
Despite losing three senior starters, Aledo had reason for optimism entering the 2014 season. All-District players Travis Gough, Alex Riner, and Kyle Gromann all graduated off a team that tied for a playoff spot but then lost out when Granbury upset second place O.D. Wyatt on the final day of the season.
Coach Steve Smith still had talent on the squad in 2013 District 7-4A “Offensive Player of the Year” Taylor Johnson and dynamic sixth man Carl Williams who was also All-District.
At the end of last year, Ladycats Head Coach Rusty Johnson left Aledo to take the job as Head Coach of Class 5A Justin Northwest. When Coach Johnson left, he took Taylor and his 20 points with him. Taylor Johnson also led the team in rebounds, steals, and assists.
Coach Smith still had some solid players returning from varsity but replacing Johnson left an unexpected big hole to fill. A high school team does not usually lose their star player before his senior year.
Coach Smith already knew he would be without the services of point guard Luke Bishop until football was over. Little did he know Bishop would quarterback the Bearcat football team all the way to the Class 4A State Championship.
The Bearcat basketball team also had another setback when senior Alex Stockdale decided to play football during his senior year. It was a heartwarming story about a player who never played football in his life deciding to suit up during his senior year.
With Travis Gough and Matthew Ogden gone to graduation, Aledo was already a little “short” in the post position. Stockdale is a physical player who has no problem guarding taller opponents using his strength and creating position on taller players with his wide body.
Bishop and Stockdale missed the first 13 games of the season including the first two district games. It takes players a few games to transfer from a football mentality to a basketball regiment.
Despite all the adversity, the Bearcats finished the first half of District 7-4A in second place with a 5-2 record. It was an amazing accomplishment considering all the obstacles.
The key player for Aledo during their renaissance this season has been high flying senior Carl Williams. He leads the team averaging 15 points per game while shooting 64% from the floor and leading the team with a 78.9 free throw percentage. That’s not all Williams has brought to the floor this season. He also leads the team with 8.0 rebounds per game, leads in steals and blocked shots during district play.
In the last game of the first half of district play, Williams took a hard fall and was injured during the Bearcats 56-44 win over South Hills.
The injury to Williams caused even more adversity for Coach Smith and the Bearcats. Aledo had to play the first game of the second half of district without their star player.
The Bearcats easily defeated the Chaparrals in the first half of district 73-63 with Williams pouring in 31 points. Without Carl Williams, the Bearcats lost to O.D. Wyatt 52-44 beginning the second half of district play at a huge disadvantage. Every game counts in the tough district race.
Coach Smith has found a way to make lemonade out of lemons his entire tenure as the Bearcat head basketball coach. He will need some more magic if the Bearcats secure a playoff spot this season.
After a home game against Western Hills on Friday, the Bearcats play four of their final five district games on the road including three in a row after the Western Hills game.
Carl Williams is not the only Bearcat to shine this season. The Bearcats are winning games with gritty team defense and timely three-point shooting. Senior Matt Dunn (9.1 points per game) and junior Braxton McCoy (6.4 points per game) can fill it up from the outside.
Size does matter, especially in basketball. The Bearcats are at a size disadvantage no matter who they play. Alex Stockdale is getting his basketball legs back and has averaged 4.7 rebounds per game in six district contests. Nick Losos gives the Bearcats energy off the bench and is averaging 3.9 rebounds per game. Luke Bishop leads the team with four assists per game in district play.
Catch the Bearcats at home this Friday at Bearcat Gym against Western Hills. The varsity tips off at 7:30 pm.
Friday, January 17, 2014
BEARCAT GAMES TONIGHT!
ALEDO BEARCAT MEN'S SCHEDULE:
Friday: South Hills @ Aledo Bearcat Gym
6:00: Freshmen and Junior Varsity
KNOWN MEN'S DISTRICT 7-4A STANDINGS
Aledo Bearcats District 7-4A through Five Games:
Thursday, January 16, 2014
# 3 Braxton McCoy scored 14 against Arlington Heights Tuesday night in Ft. Worth.
Bearcats Miss It By That Much…. Fall to Arlington Heights 57-53 on the Road
Billingsley Field House, Ft. Worth, TX—The Aledo Bearcats went on the road and lost their second close district game in a row 57-53 against the Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets. The loss comes on the heels of a heart breaking loss to Trimble Tech 48-46.
Aledo started out the season 4-0 and still is in great position for a playoff spot in District 7-4A especially if they can get back to their winning ways against South Hills at home on Friday night. A win would put the Bearcats in a commanding position for the playoffs with a 5-2 record during the first half of district play.
Aledo took a 23-33 lead into halftime before being outscored 19-13 in the third quarter. The Bearcats couldn’t quite pull the come back from being down by five heading into the fourth quarter.
Braxton McCoy was a bright spot for the Bearcats with a team high 14 points.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
BEARCAT GAMES THIS WEEK!
ALEDO BEARCAT MEN'S SCHEDULE:
Tuesday: 7:30 PM… Aledo at Arlington Heights
Billingsley Field House- 7:30 PM
Thursday: 6:00 PM…. Freshmen at Arlington Heights
7:30… JV @ Arlington Heights High school
Friday: South Hills @ Aledo
6:00: Freshmen and Junior Varsity
Saturday, January 11, 2014
Dakota Fisher provided a spark for Aledo with seven off the bench.
Bearcats Fantastic Rally Falls Short in 48-46 Loss to Trimble Tech
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Bearcat Gym, TX—The Trimble Tech Bulldogs ran off to a quick start leading 8-0 to state the game. Aledo’s first basket came on a three-pointer by Matthew Dunn with 4:30 left to play in the first quarter. The Bulldogs ran off four more points and led 12-3 with 3:01 left in the first quarter.
The Bearcats played the rest of the first half and the game in catch up mode without much scoring help from the starting five. The Bearcat starters managed only 13 points in the first half. Nick Losos came off the bench to score six points in the first half but Aledo was still down by seven at halftime 30-23.
Aledo clamped down the defense in the third quarter and the gritty Bearcats began clawing their way back in the game.
Carl Williams began the third quarter with a pair of free throws but the Bulldogs answered right back with a bucket off an offensive rebound putting them back up 32-25.
Aledo’s long range shooters started warming up. Braxton McCoy and Matt Dunn hit consecutive three-pointers and Aledo pulled within one, 32-31 with 5:38 to play in the third period.
Trimble Tech went down low taking advantage of their superior height with 6” 7” Spencer Franklin. He made one of two free throws sending Alex Stockdale to the bench with his third foul.
Nick Losos came in and crated some excitement for the crowd with a blocked shot and steal. Unfortunately, the Bearcats couldn’t capitalize and the Bulldogs made two more quick baskets to go ahead 37-31 with 3:42 remaining in the third.
Coach Steve Smith inserted Dakota Fisher in the game and he responded scoring four straight points pulling Aledo back within two, 37-35 with 1:00 left in the third.
Neither team scored again but the Bearcats did their damage outscoring Trimble Tech 12 to 7 and pulling to within two at 31-35.
The Bearcats were ice cold from the field beginning the fourth quarter much like the first quarter. To make matters worse, a horrible charging call on Carl Williams with 5:36 to play waived off a basket for Aledo. The referees blew a technical foul on the Aledo bench. The Bulldogs made both free throws and went back up 42-35 with 5:26 left to play.
The rest of the game was not for the faint of heart. Alex Stockdale muscled his was for a bucket and free throw trimming the lead back to 44-38 but the Bulldogs answered with a bucket putting them back up by six points.
Dawson Gates knocked down an open jump shot pulling Aledo within four with 2:56 remaining in the game.
The foul call discrepancies began taking their toll as the Bulldogs started to pull away hitting free throws. Trimble Tech made four straight free throws to take what looked like an insurmountable 48-40 lead with only 0:40 left on the clock.
The town crier began trying to collect the Bearcat bodies but the Bearcats responded with a cry of “We are not dead yet”.
Carl Williams scored a bucket and Dakota Fisher ripped off a three-pointer after two missed Trimble Tech free throws. Aledo trailed by only three, 48-45 with 0:15 seconds left in the game.
The Bulldogs left the door open missing two free throws with 0:08 left in the game. Fisher hit the front end of the one-and-one but missed the second. The Bearcats came up with the ball after a mad scramble and a tie ball with the possession going to the Bearcats.
Besides being down by two points, the other problem for the Bearcats was the clock. It wound down to only two-tenths of a second. 0:002. not two seconds, two-tenths of a second. It was a bit of a madhouse trying to put 0:002 back on the clock. The clock only resets to seconds, not tenths of seconds.
In the pandemonium over the clock, fans and some players from Trimble Tech drifted over and would not leave the Aledo bench area. The Bulldogs got hit with a technical foul and Carl Williams made one of two free throws pulling Aledo to within two at 48-46.
The ball was eventually put into play and Aledo was not able to pull of the miracle.
The Bearcats ead east to play third place Arlington Heights on Tuesday night.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Guard Luke Bishop took possession of the ball when Coach Smith called timeout with 0:59 remaining. Aledo scored seconds later putting the Bearcats up by three.
Bearcats Complete Improbable Fourth Quarter Comeback to Defeat Granbury 41-37
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Bearcat Gym, TX—The Aledo Bearcats and Granbury Pirates were locked in a tense defensive battle before Aledo went on a 9-0 run during the last three minutes of the game to pull out a key District 7-4A victory 41-37 over the Pirates.
Granbury to a 19-15 lead into halftime of a robust defensive battle between the Bearcats and Pirates. Nick Losos kept Aledo in the game with six first quarter points off the bench.
Alex Stockdale did the heavy lifting in the third quarter with five points as Aledo’s defense shut down the Pirates allowing only six points. The Bearcats fought back and led 26-25 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Pirates came out with a vengeance by taking a six poit lead with just under three minutes to play in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats used a total team effort including two heads up time outs by Coach Steve Smith to go on an incredible run to end the game with a key district victory.
Alex Stockdale started the comeback with an offensive rebound and put back to cut the Granbury lead to four with 2:52 remaining in the game.
At the 2: 10 mark, Carl Williams put a triple whammy on the Pirates. He fought off a foul to score a basket and made the free throw for a three point play. The basket and free throw not only cut Granbury’s lead to one, the foul was on Granbury’s big man Mitchell may sending him to the bench after fouling out.
Aledo made a defensive stop and Coach Smith was able to call a time out retaining possession for Aledo before the referee called a jump ball.
Aledo took advantage with an excellent baseline assist from Dawson Gates to Carl Williams giving Aledo the lead by one with 1:24 to play.
Luke Bishop was in danger of getting tied up on a hustle play when Coach Smith called another time out from the bench retaining possession for Aledo with 0:59 to play.
It was a huge possession for Aledo as Carl Williams scored again six seconds later ending a 9-0 Aledo run and putting the Bearcats in the lead 39-36.
Granbury cut the lead to 39-37 with a made free throw and got the ball back when Dawson Gates caught the inbound pass with his foot on the Granbury baseline.
Matt Dunn got a huge defensive rebound and got the ball to Luke Bishop with 0:26 remaining in the game. Bishop made one of two free throws putting Aledo up 40-37 with only 0:26 left in the game.
Granbury got two good looks at three-pointers but were unable to connect. Matt Dunn put the game on ice hitting one more free throw to give Aledo a 41-37 win.
It was a huge win for Aledo to keep them undefeated this season at 4-0. The Bearcats play undefeated Trimble Tech at home Friday night for sole possession of first place in District 7-4A. Arlington Heights is also a factor in district play at (3-1) and still have Aledo and Trimble Tech in the first half schedule.
Aledo still has Heights, Trimble Tech, and South hills in the first half of District 7-4A.
District 7-4A through Four Games:
Nick Losos helped the Bearcat scoring cause with ten points off the bench.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Aledo's Taylor Johnson Awarded District 7-4A's "Offensive Player of the Year"
by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Aledo Bearcat junior point guard Taylor Johnson was named District 7-4A’s “Offensive Player of the Year” for the 2012-2013 season. With the award comes an automatic selection to First Team All-District.
Johnson was also selected to an even higher honor by making the Class 4A All-Region I team. He was one of only two juniors named to the team.
Taylor Johnson has been a starter on the Bearcat varsity basketball team since his freshman year. He was named First Team All-District 5-4A last year as a sophomore.
During the 2012-2013 season, Johnson led the Bearcats by averaging 20.4 points per game despite drawing two and sometimes three defenders during the season. Johnson also led the Bearcats with 7.9 rebounds per game, 5.0 assists per game, and 2.0 steals per game.
Junior Carl Williams elevated his game during district play and was a force for Aledo during the season. Williams averaged 7.5 points per game which was second on the team on his way to making the second team All-District 7-4A.
Williams also averaged 3.1 rebounds per game and shot an amazing 67.9 % on field goal attempts which was by far the best shooting percentage of any Bearcat.
Senior Kyle Gromann finished off his Bearcat basketball career with a second team All-District 7-4A selection. Gromann was an extremely versatile player who averaged an impressive 6.8 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Gromann also did a lot of ball handling for the Bearcats and averaged 2.7 assists per game which was second on the team.
Senior post Travis Gough had a great season on defense having to guard taller players on almost every team. Gough was second on the team averaging 4.2 rebounds per game,
Gough was also one of the leading Aledo free throw shooters averaging 72.9% from the line. Gough also led the Bearcats with 17 blocks and was rewarded by earning Honorable Mention All-District.
Senior Alex Riner was also named Honorable Mention All-District 7-4A. Riner fought through injuries all season and was one of the Bearcats top defenders Riner contributed on the offensive end of the floor by averaging 4.9 points per game.
Kyle Gromann 2nd Team All-District Carl Williams 2nd Team All-District
Travis Gough Hon. Mention All-District Alex Riner Hon. Mention All-District
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Bearcats Win 63-53.... But... Granbury Beats O.D. Wyatt 62-58.... No District Playoff for Aledo... Great Season Bearcats!
by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Several story lines were developing during Aledo’s Senior Night Finale. As the Bearcats were closing out the their 63-53 victory over South Hills, Patti Pittman Gough was keeping us up on the final minutes of Granbury’s 62-58 upset of O.D. Wyatt.
The biggest story line of the evening eclipses the outcome of any district playoff scenario or outcome of any single game. The biggest story line is the Aledo Bearcats have become relevant in men’s basketball.
After years of up and down seasons, Aledo Bearcat Basketball is on solid ground and developing a strong program from the middle school level, through the sub-varsity, and up to the varsity level of competition.
Hats off to Coach Steve Smith, the coaches, and Bearcat players of the 2012-2013 season. The seniors on the floor tonight completed the majority of their Bearcat careers under Coach Smith. There are no finer student athletes in Aledo than this group of over-achieving seniors. They have flourished as players and human beings under the tutelage of Coach Smith and his staff.
This team was competitive in every game this season with only a couple of exceptions during the early season tournaments. The district season could have gone either way on several occasions with Aledo coming up on the short end of most of the close games.
Aledo beat Keller earlier in the season and the Indians will go to the playoffs possibly as the District 4-5A champions. Aledo will have a better team than most of the Class 4A schools in the area. This team lacks the depth to compete for a deep playoff run, but they are a better team than most three or four seeds from other weaker districts.
We will miss the seniors but the future for next year look bright with Taylor Johnson entering his senior year, Carl Williams continuing to improve, and starter Luke Bishop as a junior next year. The team will get an influx of players from a highly successful JV and freshman teams.
Against South Hills, Coach Smith paid tribute to the seniors by starting Austin Sarver, Kyle Gromann, Alex Riner, Travis Gough, and Matthew Ogden. Dylan Bush came in later in the quarter to replace Sarver.
The seniors ran out to a 12-11 lead with Alex Riner scoring six points. Coach Smith didn’t make substitutions with underclassmen until 1:29 was left in the first quarter. Carl Williams, Taylor Johnson, and Matt Dunn scored to put Aledo up by 18-11 by the end of the first quarter.
The Bearcats continued the 12-0 run into the second quarter on baskets by Williams, Johnson, and a put back on an offensive rebound by Alex Stockdale put Aledo up by 13, 24-11 with 6:31 left to play in the half.
After the Scorpions scored on a three-pointer and another basket to cut Aledo’s lead to nine, 27-18, Aledo scored the final six points of the half on baskets by Johnson, Kyle Gromann, and Carl Williams who had nine points at the half. Aledo led 33-18 at halftime.
It looked like a runaway victory for Aledo when Taylor Johnson made two free throws to put Aledo up by 19, 43-24. The Black Ops team came in and allowed a basket, but Dylan Bush scored a bucket to put Aledo back ahead by 10, 45-26 with 2:26 left to play in the third quarter.
South Hills ended the quarter on a 7-0 run cutting the Aledo lead to 45-33 at the end of the third quarter.
The Scorpions extended their run to 11-0 and pulled within eight of the Bearcats 45-37 with 7:35 to play in the game. Taylor Johnson came right back and hit a three-pointer to give Aledo back an 11 point lead 48-37.
Back came South Hills again with a three and another bucket to pull back to within six 48-42.
Travis Gough went to the line and hit two huge free throws in the one and one to put Aledo back ahead by eight.
Here they come again! Two free throws followed a bucket by South Hills to put them within four of the Bearcats 50-46. Johnson made one of two in the one and one. After an Aledo stop, Kyle Gromann missed the front end of his one and one opportunity. Aledo led by 51-46 when they made a stop after the Gromann missed free throw.
Coach Smith spread the floor and Taylor Johnson found a crease in the defense, drove through the defense, and scored a basket on a finger roll with 3:33 to play.
On the next possession, Johnson found Alex Riner for an easy basket off the spread offense and Aledo was back up 55-46 with 2:13 to play.
Aledo seniors scored the last six points of the fourth quarter as Travis Gough and Kyle Gromann made two free throws each. Alex Riner scored the last basket of the season and his Bearcat career with a bucket with 0:11 remaining giving Aledo a 63-53 win.
District 7-4A Results….Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Aledo (7-7) 63 ….South Hills (1-13) 58
Granbury (8-6, 4th Dist.) 62…. O.D. Wyatt (11-3, 2nd Dist.) 58
Arl. Hts. (9-5, 3rd Dist.) 47…. Trimble Tech (13-1, 1st Dist.) 58
Southwest (6-8) 78…. Western Hills (1-13) 62
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Aledo Bearcats Home Tonight: Bearcats Playoff Hopes Will be Answered After Games Tonight
Aledo Bearcats (6-7) vs South Hills Scorpions (1-12)
Bearcat Gym- 7:30 PM
Key District Game: O.D. Wyatt (11-2) @ Granbury (7-6)
The Bearcats have to win and hope for help from O.D. Wyatt to achieve a tie for the fourth and final district playoff spot. The Chaparrals have plenty to play for. They were upset by Southwest last game and are now one game behind Trimble Tech for first place in District 7-4A.
Trimble Tech plays the red hot Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets in the district finale tonight. If Trimble Tech wins, they are the champions. A loss and a Wyatt win creates a playoff for the district championship.
An Aledo win and a Granbury loss ceates a one-game playoff to see who gets the final playoff spot in District 7-4A.
Senior Night: Thank you seniors!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Fort Worth, TX-- The talented Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets have been up and down this season after playing their way to the Region I final last year. The core of the team is back this year and celebrated Senior Night at Billingsley Field House Friday night. Damontre Mc Farlane, Jimmy Hemphill, and D’Ashawn Robinson were the core players on the team three points away from the state tournament last season.
Sometimes a loss can be just the thing to wake up a sleeping giant and under-achieving team. Last Friday, the Southwest Raiders defeated the Yellow Jackets. The loss must have lit the Bunsen burners under the Yellow Jacket pants.
Arlington Heights dismantled the Granbury Pirates Tuesday night 71-47. The only question was which Arlington Heights team would show up Friday night.
Unfortunately for the Bearcats, it was the Yellow Jacket team that made it to the Region I finals last year.
To say the Yellow Jackets jumped out early on the Bearcats is a bit of an understatement. Before many Aledo fans had settled into their seats Friday night, Arlington Heights had jumped out to a 14-0 lead.
Aledo didn’t score until Luke Bishop made one of two free throws with only 2:15 left to play in the first quarter.
The Bearcats missed a few shots early on during the 14-0 Arlington Heights run, but it was mainly the intimidating Yellow Jacket defense wreaking havoc on Aledo’s shooter. Arlington Heights blocked four of Aledo’s first six shots. Two of the blocks were actually goal tending. The officials were busy watching the game and not calling it.
The missed calls are not an excuse for the Bearcats. Arlington Heights is a big, physical, and athletic team. They have struggled offensively this year, but Mc Farlane is one of the best defensive players in the area when he is motivated to play. He was motivated Friday night.
Shortly after Bishop’s free throw for Aledo’s lone point of the first quarter, Coach Steve Smith went to the ‘Black Ops’ team in hopes for something to change the momentum of the game. The strategy paid off immediately when Brock Parker forced a Yellow Jacket turnover with 1:55 left in the quarter.
Matthew Hawkins went to the line but misses the front end of a one-and-one. Aledo got the rebound and ended the quarter strong. Matt Dunn scored a basket on an offensive rebound put back. Taylor Johnson scored a basket off a defensive steal, and Luke Bishop made one of two free throws after the buzzer to pull Aledo within 14-8.
Arlington Heights defeated Aledo 51-47 in the first contest. The Yellow Jackets could have won more convincingly if not for five of 17 free throw shooting in Aledo during the fourth quarter of the first game.
Even when Arlington Heights miss fired Friday night, they were able to convert the missed free throws into offensive rebounds and put-back baskets. Robinson scored eight points in the second quarter and four were from offensive rebounds off missed Yellow Jacket free throws.
Aledo was able to fight back. A Taylor Johnson bucket followed by an assist from Travis Gough to Matt Dunn pulled Aledo within four, 22-18, with 3:32 to play in the quarter. The Dunn basket forced a Yellow Jacket timeout.
Baskets by McFarlane and a dunk by Jimmy Hemphill put Arlington Heights back up by eight, 28-20, with 2:28 to play in the quarter.
Aledo decided to hold the ball for the last shot in the first half. The Bearcats were not able to get a quality shot off and went into halftime trailing 28-20.
Robinson and McFarlane were dominate again in the third quarter on both ends of the court. Robinson’s basket with 4:07 to play was followed by a dunk by McFarlane and a 15 point Yellow Jacket lead, 40-25.
Matt Dunn and Dawson Gates both hit three-pointers but the Yellow Jackets ended the third quarter with their 15 point lead intact 48-33.
Taylor Johnson scored 14 points for Aledo in the fourth quarter, but the Yellow Jackets hung on for the 66-52 victory.
Leading Bearcats vs. Arlington Heights
Taylor Johnson- 24 points
Matt Dunn- 9 points
Matthew Ogden- 7 points
Dawson Gates- 5 points
Carl Williams- 2 points
Kyle Gromann- 1 point
Fans Needed! It's a short and fun trip to Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth. Can you say road trip? Gallemore Photography
ROAD TRIP BEARCAT FANS!
Aledo Bearcats (6-6) vs.
Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets (8-4)
Fort Worth, TX- 7:30 PM
Hello Bearcat Nation! Our Bearcat Men’s Basketball team has fought hard to give fans an extended season by putting the team in position for a playoff spot.
Let’s show up in droves with orange and black at Billingsley Field House tonight. It is a historic venue and worth the trip just to do the Time Warp of nostalgia.
The facility is so old, all the urinal’s in the men’s bathroom are the same height. Sorry for the visual ladies, I’m just sayin’.
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It all starts with a win tonight and Bearcat Nation can help with attending the game.
Aledo senior Kyle Gromann has steped up his offense scoring 27 points in the last two games in the absence of Taylor Johnson. Gallemore Photography
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Trimble Tech snapped the red hot Aledo Bearcats three game district winning streak Tuesday night at Bearcat Gym, but it wasn’t easy for the district leading Bulldogs (11-1).
Aledo played its second game in a row without leading scorer and rebounder Taylor Johnson. Johnson has been medically cleared to play but miss sit out a mandatory three day waiting period for his injury.
The Bearcats pushed the tough Bulldogs to the limit Tuesday losing by only two points 42-40.
It was a defensive struggle throughout with the Bulldogs clinging to a two point lead, 17-15 at halftime.
The teams played a dead even second half at 25-25 and Trimble Tech was able to hold on to their scant two point lead at halftime for the victory.
Aledo was led in scoring by sophomore Luke Bishop and senior Kyle Gromann with ten points each. Carl Williams added eight and Dawson Gates finished with six points.
Aledo is still tied with Granbury for fourth place in District 7-4A. Trimble Tech and O.D. Wyatt have already clinched the top two seeds in the district.
Next up for the Bearcats are the Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets. A 65-59 loss by Arlington Heights to the Southwest Raiders last Friday night has opened up third place finish possibility for Aledo.
It may depend on which Arlington Heights shows up to play Aledo Friday night at Billingsley Field House. The Yellow Jackets totally destroyed the Granbury Pirates 71-47 Tuesday night at Billingsley.
If Aledo and Granbury finish in a tie, the two teams will play a one-game playoff to determine the final playoff seed in District 7-4A.
A better scenario is a Bearcat victory Friday night and the possibility Aledo will tie Arlington Heights for third place in district. The Yellow Jackets play O.D. Wyatt (11-1) in their last game and Aledo plays South Hills (1-11).
Anything is possible, but it all starts with a victory over Arlington Heights. The Bearcats have already won the first game with their backs against the wall by defeating Granbury 50-44 last Friday at Bearcat Gym.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Aledo's senior post played great defense and scored six points in the Bearcats thrilling 50-44 win over Granbury Friday night at Bearcat Gym. Photo by Jim Black
Bearcats Clamp down on Defense in the Fourth Quarter... Finish with a Courageous Victory over the Granbury Pirates
Aledo, TX—Given the circumstances, Aledo’s 50-44 victory over Granbury should go down as one of the best win’s in team history.
Playing their first season in tough District 7-4A, the Bearcats were the odd tem out trying to fit five playoff quality playoff teams into only four possible playoff spots. The district schedule is starting to wind down.
It was a “must win” for the Bearcats but the situation looked bleak with two important players missing the game due to injuries. Key Bearcat Matthew Ogden was sitting this game out in street clothes and the Bearcat’s top scorer and rebounder, Taylor Johnson, was not even in the building due to his injury.
The remaining Bearcats shook off the absence of their teammates and came out fired up against the smooth shooting Granbury Pirates.
Aledo ran out to a 12-6 lead with Alex Riner scoring four points substituting for Taylor Johnson. Coach Steve Smith pushed all the right buttons Friday Night using his bench to keep Aledo in the game. Travis Gough had his best game as a Bearcat this season defensively and added six points getting additional minutes from Ogden’s absence.
Smith also used Aledo’s ‘Black Ops’ team early and often in the game to provide some defensive punch and intensity. The squad consists of Dylan Bush, Matthew Hawkins, Brock Parker, Austin Sarver, and Sean Church. They saw their first action with 6:55 still left to play in the second quarter. They were very efficient getting defensive stops and turnovers in the victory.
“Black Ops’ came into the game immediately after Dawson Gates hit a three-pointer. They did their job forcing a turnover. The starting unit came back in and Kyle Gromann hit the next basket for Aledo giving Aledo a 17-6 lead early in the second quarter.
Granbury started doing what they do best, shooting lights out from the three point line. They made four three’s in the final 6:05 of the second quarter. The last three by the Pirates completed a comeback from 11 points down to take a 23-22 halftime lead.
The Bearcats were fighting hard to begin the second half, but missed five or six free throws starting the third quarter giving Granbury’s hot shooters extra opportunities.
The Pirates responded with four more three pointers giving them eight for the game. Shortly after Alex Riner’s basket was waved off by a charging call with 1:46 left in the third period, Granbury’s final three of the contest put the Pirates up by ten, 41-31 with only 1:34 to play in the third.
Many teams would have folded their tent, but Aledo senior Kyle Gromann would not let the Bearcats go gentle into that good night. Gromann became the floor leader for the Bearcats in the absence of Johnson and scored eight of none Aledo points in a crucial stretch to get the Bearcats back in the game. Gromann’s runner brought the Bearcats within three, 40-43, with 3:46 left to play.
Aledo’s defense stifled the Pirates on the outside forcing them to go inside to score. Aledo senior post Travis Gough frustrated the Pirates with his interior defense guarding the Aledo goal like a mother hen protecting her chicks. Gough anchored an Aledo defense that allowed Granbury only one point in the final 7:02 of the fourth quarter and only three points the entire period.
Granbury could have buried Aledo from the free throw line like they did in the first district contest, but the Pirates made only three of nine free throws in the second half. Granbury scored their final point making one of two free throws with 3:37 left to play. The Pirates led 40-44 at that point in the game.
Carl Williams came alive offensively for Aledo late in the game. He scored a bucket with 2:12 to play in the game cutting Granbury’s lead to two, 42-44.
After Granbury missed the front end of a one and one in the bonus with 2:01 left to play. Travis Gough secured the rebound and Bearcat fans were already on their feet as Aledo was about to execute the play of the season.
Luke Bishop did an excellent job of beating the pressure defense from Granbury and passed the ball to Kyle Gromann at the top of the key. Gromann directed traffic and drew two Granbury defenders. Carl Williams snuck through the back door along the baseline.
Gromann threw a picture perfect pass to Williams near the rim for a Bearcat basket tying the score at 44-44. The play electrified the team and the Bearcat fans. It also stunned and dejected the Granbury Pirates.
After another Bearcat stop, guard Bishop did a great job again against pressure to secure the ball without a turnover. Aledo spread the court looking for the right play to take the lead with less than a minute to play
Carl Williams got behind the Granbury defense again and didn’t hesitate going to the basket for the bucket giving Aledo its first lead since 6:52 remained in the third quarter. The Williams bucket put Aledo ahead 46-44 with 0:31 left to play in the game.
The Bearcat defense rose to the occasion again with a defensive stop. Williams was in the spotlight again with a crucial free throw attempt in the one and one with 0:16 left in the game. A miss would have given the Pirates possession with a chance to tie.
Williams calmly sank both free throws giving Aledo a four point lead 48-44.
The Pirates still had a chance until a missed three was corralled by Travis Gough with another defensive rebound. Gough sank both free throws with 0:03 left to play.
The Bearcats are at home Tuesday against Trimble Tech.
Men's District 7-4A Action- Friday, February 1, 2013
Aledo 50.... Granbury 44
Trimble Tech 59.... O.D. Wyatt 46
Southwest 65.... Arlington Heights 59
Western Hills 61.... South Hills 48
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Aledo junior Carl Williams scored a career high 30 points against the Southwest Raiders in Aledo's 72-64 victory Tuesday night. Photo by Jim Black
Bearcats keep playoff hopes alive…. Survive Fourth Quarter Rally by Southwest Raiders for a 72-64 victory
Trimble Tech, Arlington Heights, and O.D. Wyatt all win
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
Carl Williams came our smoking hot in the first quarter and carried the Bearcat scoring load with a career high 30 points Tuesday night in a 72-64 victory for the Bearcats. Williams scored six points from the field and added six free throws to lead Aledo to a 19-12 first quarter lead.
Early in the second quarter, a 6-0 run cut Aledo’s lead to three 21-18 with 5:36 left to play in the half. Matt Dunn hit a three to begin a 18-3 run for the Bearcats to end the quarter. It was one of the best runs for Aledo this season to end a quarter. Taylor Johnson and Dawson Gates both hit three’s and Carl Williams added six points during the run.
The Bearcats left the floor with a comfortable 39-21 half time lead. The Raiders hurt themselves from the line in the first half making only three of 11 free throws. Aledo had a five point differential making eight of 11 from the line.
The two teams went back and forth in the third quarter with each team scoring 14 points. The Bearcats had the kind f balanced scoring that would make Hickory High coach Norman Dale from the movie Hoosiers happy. Six different Bearcats scored at least two points in the quarter. Taylor Johnson, Alex Stockdale, Matthew Ogden, Luke Bishop, and Travis Gough had two each. Carl Williams had a basket and two free throws for four points in the period.
Fast and Furious Fourth Quarter
Taylor Johnson had his playing time limited picking up his fourth foul about midway through the third quarter. Southwest started the fourth quarter off with a flurry hitting a three and adding a basket and one of two free throws for a 6-0 run to start the quarter and cutting Aledo’s lead to 12, 53-41.
Carl Williams made two free throws off a technical foul and Southwest added two on a technical foul on Luke Bishop for missing the referee on his throw back to the referee after a traveling violation. Aledo was still up by 12 after the technical free throws by both teams.
The Raiders hit a three with 5:41 left in the fourth to cut the Aledo lead to single digits at 55-46. Carl Williams and Alex Riner responded by scoring two quick buckets, but Robbie Rhodes (20 points) hit a three for the Raiders cutting Aledo’s lead to eight, 59-51, with 3:55 still left in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Johnson made a bucket and was fouled sinking the free throw putting Aledo back up by 11. The Raiders kept pouring in three’s keeping the game close. A Raider three made the score 65-57 with 1:49 left to play in the game. Moments later, Johnson fouled out on another offensive foul while dribbling down court.
Williams scored again with :42 seconds left on the clock putting Aledo up by ten, 67-57. The pesky Raiders were not done yet. Two seconds later, Southwest hit yet another three and was fouled. The free throw cut Aledo’s lead to six, 67-61 with :40 left to play.
Kyle Gromann made two key free throws with :30 remaining putting Aledo back up by eight. After Alex Stockdale made one of two from the line, Rhodes hit the seventh three of the quarter for Southwest with :08 remaining. Carl Williams was fouled and made both free throws with :06 left to play to finally end a frantic fourth quarter.
Southwest did not go down easily outscoring Aledo 29-19 in the fourth quarter.
Bearcat Playoff Outlook
This is a good time to start promoting “Friday Night Basketball at Bearcat Gym”. Our Bearcats need a huge home court advantage from Aledo fans at the gym Friday night. All possible playoff scenarios begin and could possibly end with the outcome of Friday’s game:
Aledo Bearcats (5-5) vs. Granbury Pirates (6-4)
Bearcat Gym- 7:30 PM
Granbury defeated Aledo 75-72 in Granbury during the first half of district play. A win by Aledo will result in a flat-footed tie for the fourth and final playoff spot in District 7-4A. It is still possible for both teams to bypass Arlington Heights.
All other playoff scenarios for the Bearcats are possible but not probable with a loss to Granbury. Stay tuned!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Aledo senior Alex Riner was one of four Bearcat's in double figures with 13.
Bearcats Score 49 in Second Half in 77-37 Rout of Western Hills
All 14 Bearcats Score!
It’s getting almost comical to see what kind of defense opposing teams will throw at Aledo to attempt to contain star junior guard Taylor Johnson. The Western Hill Cougars employed a new strategy Saturday afternoon from Billingsley Fieldhouse. We will call this one the “Box-and-one-with-the-one-holding-Taylor defense”. It worked for much of the game.
The Aledo Bearcat team did what they have needed to do all season to help Johnson out. They made the opponent pay for over-guarding Johnson. Kyle Gromann led four Bearcats in double figure as all 14 Bearcat varsity players scored in a 77-37 beat down of the Cougars.
Alex Riner played his best game this season scoring 13 points and coming up with a number of steals in the contest. He also dished out some assists. Carl Williams was Riner’s partner in crime coming up with steals and scoring in double figures with 11.
Riner and Williams scored the first eight points for Aledo. Matt Dunn hit a three-pointer giving Aledo an 11-6 lead in the first quarter. When Kyle Gromann hit a bucket with 1:44 left to play in the first quarter, it forced the Cougars to call a timeout after the 11-0 Aledo run made the score 13-6. Taylor Johnson scored the last two points of the quarter on free throws.
Carl Williams extended the Aledo run to 15-0m on a dunk to open the second quarter. Luke Bishop followed with a basket and Gromann got a basket and free throw to put Aledo up 24-9 with 2:52 left to play in the half. The quarter ended with Aledo up 28-16 at halftime.
The Bearcats played their best second half of the year. Gromann took over in the third quarter with seven points. Coach Smith called a timeout with 5:03 to play in the third quarter after a Cougar three cut Aledo’s lead to nine points 30-21.
The Bearcats settled down after the timeout to end the quarter back up by 15 (42-27). Despite holding Taylor Johnson to only two points through three quarters, Aledo still led by 15.
Alex Riner went to work at the beginning of the fourth quarter. He started out with a beautiful assist down low to Matthew Ogden. Riner scored the next five Aledo points on two baskets and a free throw.
Taylor Johnson then scored nine points for Aledo in 1:37 seconds. His last points came on a three to put the Bearcats up by 32 points (61-29). Aledo started the fourth quarter on an 18-2 run finished off with Johnson’s three.
Coach Smith sat down the starters and went to his bench for the final 4:42 of the fourth quarter. Sparked on offense by the ‘Black Ops Unit”, Aledo scored 16 more points in the final 4:00 of the fourth quarter.
Brock Parker scored four, Matt Hawkins three, Dillon Bush two, Sean Church two, and Austin Sarver was the last of 14 Bearcat varity players to score when he made one of two free throws with :23 seconds left n the game.
The Bearcats go down the final stretch of district with four of the last District 7-4A games at home. The string starts Tuesday night when Aledo hosts Fort Worth Southwest at 7:30 in Bearcat Gym.
Leading Bearcats vs. Western Hills:
Bearcat Playoff Update:
Wyatt and Trimble Tech are starting to break away from the rest of the district. Wyatt’s 54-51 victory over Arlington Heights basically knocks Heights out of the mix for a district championship. The Yellow Jackets are now tied with Granbury for third in district at 6-3. The Bearcats are currently the odd man out in fifth place.
BUT WAIT…. THERE IS MORE….. Granbury can go from playoff comfort to out of the race in the next three games. The Pirates play Trimble Tech, Aledo, and Arlington Heights in there next three games. Their final district game is against Wyatt.
If Aledo gets by Southwest next Tuesday, a victory over Granbury can give us a tie for the last playoff spot with both teams at 6-5. Obviously, the Friday, February 1st game at Bearcat Gym is huge for any Bearcat playoff plans.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
District Basketball Games Tonight!
Bearcats vs. O.D. Wyatt Chaparrals 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 22, 2013- District 7-4A Men’s Schedule
O.D. Wyatt (7-0) @ Aledo (3-4)
Western Hills (0-7) @ Granbury (4-3)
South Hills (1-6) @ Arlington Heights (5-2)
Trimble Tech (6-1) @ Southwest (2-5) Wednesday
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Aledo senior Kyle Gromann scored 10 points in the Bearcats victory over Fort Worth South Hills Friday night in Fort Worth. Photo by Jim Black
Aledo Bearcat District Playoff Scenarios after First Half of District 7-4A Play
Varsity Basketball Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
All is not lost for Bearcat fans hopes of making the playoffs this season in Aledo’s first season playing in tough District 7-4A. In fact, stranger things have happened than Aledo winning the district this season. The latter will take a lot of help from other teams since Aledo lost four games in the first half of district.
With the first half of district completed, five teams are now competing for only four playoff spots. The reason Aledo has an outside chance of winning district this season is Trimble Tech’s 56-48 victory over Arlington Heights creating a three-way tie for first place with O.D. Wyatt with all teams at 6-1.
Keep in mind, all three district leading teams made deep runs in the playoffs last year. Aledo and Granbury are newcomers to this group and both teams have made the district even stronger. Southwest made the playoffs last year and they have been moved toward the bottom of the district standings by Granbury and Aledo this season.
If either the Bearcats or Pirates can break through against any of the top teams in district, they will be in the driver’s seat to make the playoffs or even end up with a higher seed for the playoffs. On the other side of this scenario, a loss by Aledo or Granbury against any of the bottom three teams; South Hills, Western Hills, or Southwest, will most likely doom either team’s playoff hopes.
Aledo has a favorable schedule in the second half of district with five home games in the second half of district. As it stands, the big date comes on February 1, 2013 when the Pirates visit the Bearcats. Granbury won the first game at home 75-72 on January 8, 2012.
If any district teams end up in a tie, the Texas UIL has procedures to break ties. See the link below:
Friday, January 18, 2013 District 7-4A Results
Aledo 68…. South Hills 46
Wyatt 69…. Granbury 48
Trimble Tech…. 56 Arlington Heights 48
Southwest 75…. Western Hills 48
Friday, January 18, 2013
Bearcats End First Half of District with 68-46 victory over the South Hills Scorpions
Fort Worth, Tx--Things got off to a good start Friday night for the Bearcats when they were able to watch the O.D. Wyatt Chaparrals defeat the Granbury Pirates 69-48. Aledo is currently fighting for the fourth playoff spot in District 7-4A. The loss by Granbury may help Aledo down the line.
In an important district game, Aledo started out strong in the first quarter against the South Hills Scorpions. The Bearcats ran out to a 16-8 lead to end the first and extended an eight point lead to 14 (36-22) by outscoring South Hills 20-14 in the second quarter.
The Bearcats came out smoking hot in the second half. Taylor Johnson scored two quick buckets and Carl Williams made two free throws to give Aledo a 20 point lead 42-22 forcing a Scorpion timeout.
The Bearcats finished off the quarter leading by 53-31 at the end of the third. Taylor Johnson scored eight more points in the quarter and was given a rest with a little under three minutes left in the quarter. Carl Williams scored four in the quarter putting him in double figures with 11 to go along with Johnson’s 26 through three quarters.
Carl Williams continued his great night scoring on an ‘alley oop’ from Johnson with 6:56 left to play in the fourth. Kyle Gromann made two free throws giving Aledo three players in double figure scoring for the first time in district.
Coach Smith was able to get all 14 players some playing time in the game as the score got away from the Scorpions. Matt Dunn did not play due to an illness. Eleven different Bearcats scored
Leading Bearcats vs. South Hills
Taylor Johnson-26 points
Carl Williams -15 points
Kyle Gromann- 10 points
Brock Parker- 3 points
Sean Church- 2 points
Travis Gough- 2 points
Matt Hawkins- 2 points
Matthew Ogden- 2 points
Alex Riner- 2 points
Friday, January 18, 2013
Aledo's 'Black Ops' unit may have a say in the playoff future for the Bearcats. (L to R) Austin Sarver # 1, Dylan Bush, Brock Parker # 5, Sean Church # 35. Not pictured Matthew Hawkin # 22. Photo by Jim Black
Bearcats Finish Off First Half of District tonight Against the South Hills Scorpions
Aledo Bearcats vs. South Hills Scorpions
Aledo (2-4) is in a ‘must win’ game tonight when the Bearcats face district rival South Hills on the road at Wilkerson-Greines Athletic Center. The game tips off at 6:30 pm.
Two big District 7-4A games with playoff implications are being played tonight as all four teams to defeat the Bearcats square off against each other. Trimble Tech (5-1) plays Arlington Heights (6-0) while Granbury (4-2) takes on O.D. Wyatt (5-1).
As the district stands right now, Aledo needs some help from other teams. All four district losses are against teams ahead of the Bearcats in the district standings. A Wyatt victory over Granbury may help Aledo down the line.
A win tonight can boost the confidence of the Bearcats who have been in all four district losses with chances to win. Aledo gets three of the four teams ahead of them at home in the second half of district. Aledo gets Wyatt, Granbury, and Trimble Tech at home this time around.
Friday, January 18, 2013 District 7-4A Schedule
Aledo (2-4) vs. South Hills (1-5)
Granbury (4-2) vs. Wyatt (5-1)
Trimble Tech (5-1) vs. Arlington Heights (6-)
Southwest (1-5) vs. Western Hills (0-6)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 District 7-4A Results
Aledo 47…. Arlington Heights 51
Granbury 69…. South Hills 59
Wyatt 79…. Southwest 51
Trimble Tech 69 Western Hills 35
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Life Imitates Art as Bearcats fall 51-47 to Arlington Heights
By Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
The Arlington Heights Yellowjackets are an imposing physical team to say the least. They are led by 6’ 7” Damontre McFarland, an AAU All-American who has yet to commit and A'Shawn Robinson, a 6’ 5” 315 power forward with the mentality of a point guard. Bearcat fans may remember Robinson as a defensive tackle for the Yellowjacket football team. He has a verbal commitment to the Texas Longhorns as a five-star defensive lineman.
Robinson is an interesting player to watch as a basketball player. He gets around pretty well for a man his size and has amazing speed and quickness on the basketball court. A person might expect Robinson to be like a bull in the china closet on the basketball court. He is actually a good ball handler, great passer, and can break a press with his dribble.
Neither McFarlane or Robinson hurt Aledo on the offensive end Tuesday night in a 51-47 Arlington Heights victory over the Bearcats. They both made their presence felt on the defensive end. More about these two later. They only scored five points each.
Bearcat fans were treated to an extremely interesting basketball game Tuesday night at Bearcat Gym. If life imitates art, this game could be best described by the 1966 Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Good. The Bearcats used a suffocating defense , double teams on McFarlane, and great ball movement on offense to build a 13-4 first quarter lead over the undefeated Yellowjackets (6-0). The Bearcats scored off an offensive rebound (Carl Williams), two buckets and two perfect free throws by Taylor Johnson, and a three-pointer (Kyle Gromann).
The Bearcats kept up their excellent play in the second quarter by finding some soft spots on the interior to score easy buckets by Matthew Ogden, Alex Stockdale, and Travis Gough.
When Alex Riner scored on a fast break after a Yellowjacket turnover, Aledo has a 25-19 lead with only 1:10 to play until halftime.
The Bad. Aledo regained the ball after the Riner bucket and had possession and a six point lead with roughly a minute to play until halftime. The Bearcat offense was never able to set up and drain the remainder of the clock with a shot before halftime.
The turnover bug hit Aledo and the Bearcats committed four turnovers leading to seven unanswered points to give Arlington Heights a halftime lead of 26-25.
Aledo went inside again and got two free throws by Stockdale to begin the third quarter. Stockdale hit one of two free throw attempts to tie the score again at 26-26.
After making two of three free throw shots in the first half, the Yellowjackets , Arlington Heights left the door wide open for the Bearcats by missing 14 of 24 second half free throw attempts. Robinson rebounded the second of two missed free throws and scored giving Arlington Heights a 28-26 lead with 7:15 to play in the third period. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
The Bad for Aledo finally ended when Travis Gough reducing the nine point deficit, 40-31, down to seven with six minutes to play in the fourth. From Aledo’s biggest lead, 15-4, to the biggest deficit of nine with 2:34 to play in the third, Arlington Heights outscored Aledo by 20 points 36-16.
The Ugly. The entire fourth quarter for both teams qualifies as The Ugly. The Yellowjackets were already in the bonus with 7:19 to play in the fourth quarter when they began a progression of horrible free throw shooting which allowed Aledo to stay in the game.
Robinson missed two free throws and Justin Hemphill missed the front end of a one and one. Mc Farlane missed one of two free throws but the Yellowjackets retained the ball on another offensive rebound. On the same possession as the second missed free throw, Mc Farlane injured his knee on a dunk attempt when he landed awkwardly on his knee with 6:36 left to play in the game.
Aledo trainer Lindsay Watson looked at his knee but Arlington Heights did not want any medical assistance for their star. Mc Farlane was helped off the court and did not return.
Arlington Heights scored on the same possession as the missed free throws and Mc Farlane injury when guard Brandon Bonner (14 points) extended the lead back to nine, 46-37, with 6:13 left to play in the game.
The horrendous free throw shooting continued for the Yellowjackets who were only 5 of 17 from the line in the fourth quarter. Robinson was the main culprit of the missed free throws. He was only one of ten in the second half.
The Bearcats were just as ugly on the offensive end in the fourth quarter. They could not take advantage of the missed free throws by missing a bevy of three point attempts in the second half when the Bearcats were “Oh for the Half” in three’s.
Without the rebounding presence of Mc Farlane and with Robinson tiring, Aledo was able to get plenty of opportunities down the stretch. They missed three consecutive three attempts late in the fourth quarter.
Even though Taylor Johnson scored a team leading 17 points, it was an off night for him shooting the ball. For the second consecutive district game against a tough opponent, The Bearcats have had a chance to win but have been doomed by a total team effort shooting the ball.
Aledo is now 2-4 but still has an outside chance of making the playoffs after their final district game of the first half Friday night against South Hills (1-5). The Scorpions lost to Granbury 69-59 Tuesday night. Friday’s game is at 6:30 from Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, 5101 C.A. Roberson, Fort Worth TX 76119.
Leading Bearcats vs. Southwest:
Taylor Johnson 17 points
Travis Gough 9 points
Kyle Gromann 8 points
Alex Riner 4 points
Alex Stockdale 3 points
Dawson Gates 2 points
Matthew Ogden 2 points
Carl Williams 2 points
Tuesday, January 15, 2013- District 7-4A Scores
Aledo 47…. Arlington Heights 51
Granbury 69…. South Hills 59
Wyatt 79…. Southwest 51
Trimble Tech @ Western Hills- Wednesday Night
Bearcats Offense Goes South..Aledo Loses Third District Game Against Trimble Tech 62-48
Ft. Worth, TX—The Aledo Bearcats have to be looking forward to some home cooking Tuesday night against district leading Arlington Heights. The Bearcats offense deserted them in another tough road loss to Trimble Tech 62-48 Friday night from Billingsley Field House in Fort Worth.
The Trimble Tech Bulldogs found an odd way to win this tough basketball game. The Bulldogs scored quite often by utilizing long rebounds off Bearcat missed three point attempts to make easy layups on the other end of the court.
It was obvious the Bulldogs were not going to let # 11 Taylor Johnson beat them. If Johnson was Aledo’s Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Trimble Tech had two and sometimes three defenders all over Johnson every time he touched the ball. The Bulldogs were literally pulling on Superman’s cape all night and didn’t seem to mind getting in foul trouble defending Johnson.
For the most part, the referees just let the teams play, but some fouls became obvious when two Trimble Tech players each had a handful of Johnson’s jersey. The strategy would have backfired on Trimble Tech if Aledo could have knocked down some open jump shots.
Johnson did a great job of beating double-teams only to watch his passes to wide open Bearcat teammates continually miss their mark. Adding insult to injury, Aledo’s ice cold shooting actually became a source of offense for the quick Trimble Tech team. The Bearcat errant three’s seemed to end up in the hands of Bulldog guards who scored easy layups in transition with the long rebounds.
Coach Steve Smith made some lineup changes which paid quick dividends in the first quarter. Smith started Alex Stockdale who responded with two quick buckets off beautiful assists from Luke Bishop and Carl Williams.
The game was tied 11-11 at the end of the first quarter and Aledo took a 14-11 lead as Kyle Gromann hit a three-pointer to open the second quarter. The Bulldogs converted a basket after an Aledo turnover on the baseline and took their first lead 15-14 with 6:15 to play until halftime.
The basket was part of a 9-0 Trimble Tech run in only 1:30 of the second quarter. During the run, the Bulldogs converted two consecutive missed three point attempts by Dawson Gates into baskets on the other end courtesy of long rebound fast break points. The second hoop ended up being a three [point play as the Bulldogs converted a foul shot.
By the time the run was over, Trimble Tech has a six point lead 20-14. Aledo was never able to regain the lead. Matt Dunn put back an offensive rebound and it was closest the Bearcats got at 36-39 with 6:18 remaining in the third.
Compounding the problems for the Bearcats was terrible free throw shooting. Aledo was only seven of 16 from the line. Defensively, the Bearcats did a good job of defending the three. The Bulldogs got their only three of the game with 1;49 left to play off a Bearcat turnover.
Despite the defensive effort by Trimble Tech, Taylor Johnson ended up scoring 22 points. No other Bearcat was in double figures.
Things don’t get any easier for Aledo. The Bearcats face undefeated Arlington Heights who are 5-0 in District 7-4A. The game starts at 7:30 in Bearcat Gym on Tuesday night.
Friday, January 11, 2013- District 7-4A Results:
Aledo 48 Trimble Tech 62
Arlington Heights 60 Granbury 47
Western Hills 37 O.D. Wyatt 67
South Hills 63 Southwest 72
Taylor Johnson- 22 points
Alex Stockdale- 7 points
Kyle Gromann- 6 points
Carl Williams- 5 points
Matt Ogden- 4 points
Luke Bishop- 2 points
Matt Dunn- 2 points
Friday, January 11, 2012
Bearcat guard Taylor Johnson hopes to keep things going from his 24 point second half at Granbury. Johnson is averaging over 20 points per game his junior season.
Bearcats On The Raod Tonight in Big District 7-4A Showdown against Powerful Trimble Tech
Analysis by Steve Keck- Aledo Sports Daily
When the new alignment came out, Aledo knew they were going into a very tough district for basketball. Last year, the entire playoff regiment from Aledo’s Class 5-4A was knocked out in the first round of bi-district by teams in their new district 7-4A. Aledo fell to Trimble Tech, Birdville was taken out by O.D. Wyatt, Arlington Heights beat Timber Creek, and Southwest defeated Byron Nelson.
This year, Granbury has been added making this one of the toughest districts in Class 4A. It will be a tough road for the Bearcats to make the playoffs in a district that is shaping up to be top heavy with five teams and maybe more hunting for four playoff spots.
Aledo is currently 2-2 with both losses coming on the road during the first half of district. The Bearcats fell to O.D. Wyatt in the district opener 55-48 after leading going into the fourth quarter. Aledo led most of the game only to fall victim to cold shooting in the fourth quarter.
On Tuesday, Aledo trailed most of the game by a large margin and caught up with the Granbury Pirates only to lose down the stretch. Tonight, the Bearcats can get right back in the thick of the playoff race with a victory at Trimble Tech. Here is a look at the district race through the first four games:
Arlington Heights (4-0)- The Yellow Jackets are a tough interior team and currently lead District 7-4A with a perfect 4-0 record. Heights almost made it to the state tournament last year losing to Denton Ryan in the regional final 71-68. They very well may end up winning district this year, but they have yet to play some of the districts toughest teams. They have a district win against O.D. Wyatt 58-46 but have yet to play Aledo, Trimble Tech or Granbury. The Yellow Jackets are at Granbury tonight.
Trimble Tech (3-1)- The Bulldogs are not the juggernaut they were last year under coach Wendell Ivory, but they are a formidable opponent and may end up winning district as the favorite this season. Tech made it all the way to the Region I Semi-finals last year before losing to Denton Ryan 61-59. The Bulldogs loss came against Wyatt 57-56.
O.D. Wyatt (3-1)- The Chaparrals have a strong outside game and counter with balance from the interior. Wyatt’s loss came to Arlington Heights and they have a quality victory over Trimble Tech.
Granbury (3-1)- The Pirates will have a good test tonight when they play district leading Arlington Heights. They rely on their outside shooting and quickness to wear down opponents. Granbury has defeated a quality opponent in Aledo and their district loss was against Trimble Tech 53-36. The Pirates have yet to play O.D. Wyatt and are matched up against Arlington Heights tonight.
Aledo @ Trimble Tech- 6:30 PM
Arlington Heights @ Granbury
Western Hills @ O.D. Wyatt
South Hills @ Southwest
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Carl Williams (#3) had a buzzer beating basket to close out the second quarter. Guard Luke Bishop (#4) congratulates Williams as the official indicates the basket was good.
Bearcat Rally Falls Short at Granbury.... Bearcats Lose to Pirates 75-72 .... by Steve Keck
The Aledo Bearcats and the Granbury pirates were in a barn burner Tuesday night in Granbury. It was a playoff atmosphere at the James Wann activity center on the campus of Granbury high school. The Bearcats started off very slowly in the first quarter. In the first 15 minutes of the game, it looked like the bearcats would be an easy victory for the athletic Pirate team.
Aledo was behind by 13 points (27-14) with less than 3 minutes to play in the first half. After a Matthew Ogden bucket, the Pirates scored another basket with 2:10 left to play in the half. Aledo finished the half with a flurry of two free throws by Taylor Johnson, a basket by Alex Stockdale, a free throw by Alex Riner, and the buzzer beating basket by Carl Williams. The Bearcats cut the Pirate lead to six, 29-23.
The bearcats would like a new team coming out in the second half. Taylor Johnson scored 15 points in the third quarter including a buzzer beating three-pointer giving the Bearcats their first lead of the game 48-46. The Bearcats outscored Granbury 25-17 in the third and looked like they had solved the tough Granbury man to man defense. Besides Johnson’s 15, Alex Stockdale made two crucial baskets off offensive rebounds helping the Bearcats forge a great come back.
The Aledo offense looked as good as it has all year in the third quarter in Granbury. Besides Johnson and Stockdale, the Bearcats found scoring from Matt Dunn on a three, Travis Gough on an inside bucket, and a free throw by Luke Bishop.
The Pirates scored the first two points of the quarter to tie the score. The game was back and forth for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter. Stockdale kept Aledo in the game early in the quarter with two buckets down low. Aledo regained the lead 56-54 on two free throws by Taylor Johnson with 5:00 left in the game.
After a Granbury timeout, the Pirates came out shooting three’s and hit two in a row in a span if only :15 seconds. The second three gave the Pirates a four point lead 60-56 with 4:15 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcat comeback was cut short in the fourth quarter by some questionable calls by the officials who seemed unorganized and inconsistent throughout the game. Aledo was called for two offensive fouls away from the ball taking possessions away in the fourth quarter. The fouls put the Pirates in the bonus early in the fourth quarter and Granbury pulled away at the foul line.
Granbury ended up scoring 15 points at the foul line in the fourth quarter. Aledo hung in there scoring 13 points of their own from the field in the final two minutes. Johnson scored seven on a three pointer and two baskets while Matt Dunn and Dawson Gates hit three pointers. Granbury was held without a field goal the final 3:05 of the game but scored 13 points from the line.
It was a very physical game for the Bearcats who were the more aggressive team and more physical than the Pirates. Aledo had some definite bright spots in this game. Taylor Johnson had the kind of second half kids dream about fantasizing on their driveway practicing basketball. He scored 24 second half points and was all over the boards throughout the game.
The offense started off slowly but really moved the ball well and cut way down on turnovers after the first quarter. Alex Stockdale had a tremendous impact inside and helped Aledo in a weak area this season scoring on the interior. Stockdale ended up with 9 points. Luke Bishop played some very tough defense and forced two Pirate turnovers defensively in the second half. Matt Dunn hit two three-pointers in a limited role against Granbury.
The Bearcats will play Trimble Tech Friday night at 6:30 at the Billingsley Field House near downtown Fort Worth.
Friday, January 4, 2013
Bearcats Back in Action Tonight
Aledo Bearcats vs. Fort Worth Southwest Raiders
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Bearcats Play in Moritz Holiday Classic Championship Game Today
Aledo vs. Converse Judson @ 3 pm today
The Aledo Bearcats avenged a 39-36 loss to the Mansfield Legacy Bronco’s from November 20, 2012 to defeat the Bronco’s 41-38 in the semi-finals of the Moritz Holiday Classic hosted by the Bearcats. Matt Dunn scored 21 to lead Aledo. The Aledo win puts the Bearcats in the Championship Game today at 3:00 pm.
Aledo started the tournament with an 87-42 victory over the Joshua Owls. Taylor Johnson led Aledo with 19 points. In the next game, the Bearcats dispatched Class 5A Haltom Buffalo’s 69-65 again led by Johnson with 23 points.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Aledo Hosts Moritz Holiday Classic
Game # 1 vs Joshua Owls @ 7:30 Main Gym
Friday, December 22, 2012
Carl Williams and the Bearcats win first district game. Photo by Jim Black
Bearcats Jump on Western Hills Early and Win 55-31
Friday, December 21, 2012
Aledo 55... Western Hills 31
Granbury 72... Ft. Worth Southwest 58
Ft. Worth Arlington Heights 58... Fort Worth Wyatt 46
Ft. Worth Trimble Tech 54…. Fort Worth South Hills 36
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Aledo Bearcats Open District 7-4A Season Tonight at O.D. Wyatt Chaparrals
Coach Steve Smith begins his third district season tonight. The Bearcats failed to make the playoffs for three years prior to Coach Smith coming to Aledo from Granbury. Last season, the Bearcats fought hard and made the playoffs for the first time in four years only to finish fourth in district and a first round match-up against state-ranked Trimble Tech. Aledo held the Bulldogs close trailing by only two at halftime and five after the third quarter before falling behind in the fourth quarter.
This year, the Bearcats should be considered one of the favorites to win District 7-4A along with the same Trimble Tech Bulldogs now as a district opponent and Smith’s old team, the Granbury Pirates.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Sophomore guard Luke Bishop tied for Bearcat leading scorer with eight points.
Bearcats 49 Brewer Bears 36
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bearcats Beat Fort Worth Southwest 71-53 to take Third in Granbury Tournament
Bearcats go 3-1 in the Granbury Tournament winning third place. The Bearcats defeated two Class 5A schools Killeen and Keller. After a defeat to undefeated Nolan Catholic (13-0), the Bearcats came back to defeat their district rival Fort Worth Southwest 71-53 on Saturday to win 3rd place in the Granbury Tournament. Taylor Johnson scored a career high 42 points Thursday against Killeen.
Black Ops guard will be in action today aginst Fort Worth Southwest today hoping to help the Bearcats win 3rd place in the Granbury Tournament. Photo by Jim Black
Granbury Tournament Updates:
Bearcats Play Fort Worth Southwest for Third Place... Bearcats can do no worse than 4th
Aledo (2-1) will play District 7-4A rival Fort Worth Southwest (2-1) today for third place in the Men’s Granbury Tournament. Southwest lost to Granbury 60-45 Friday night. The game will be at 5 PM today in Granbury.
Note: Aledo vs. Southwest will be father vs. son. Raiders head coach John Church is the father of Aledo Bearcat Sean Church.
Nolan Catholic defeats Bearcats 42-24 for Shot at Championship in Granbury Tournament
Aledo Shooting Hits Brick Wall…
Granbury, TX-- It was a slow moving game in Granbury Friday night. Fort Worth Nolan Catholic brought a 12-0 and # 7 State Ranking for large private schools in the state of Texas. The Vikings were a good team but really didn’t impress that much in a 48-26 victory over the Bearcats.
Aledo had a hard time securing rebounds once they got their hands on the ball and some of these miscues led to easy baskets by the Vikings in the paint. The rest was simply ice cold shooting by the Bearcats who managed only 14 first half points and 10 in the second half.
Leading Bearcats vs. Vikings
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Aledo senior post Matthew Ogden was fierce on the boards againstthe Keller Indians in the Bearcats 60-57 victory Thursday night. Photo by Jim Black
BearcatsTurn Around a 30-25 First Half Deficit to Win 60-57 in Regulation
Aledo's 'Black Ops' team a key to victory
Granbury, TX--We have often heard a couch use the cliché… “It was a total team effort”. The phrase is often used to describe a victory to describe intangibles which may not make the box scores or highlight reels.
In the case of Aledo’s 60-57 victory over a tough 5A opponent, the Keller Indians, the victory truly was a TOTAL TEAM EFFORT. Aledo’s victory was the second of the day against a physical team from Class 5A. The Bearcats defeated Killeen earlier in the day Thursday.
The short version of this game story would be Aledo coming from behind 30-25 at halftime to win 60-57 behind Taylor Johnson’s 29 points. This is all true, but Coach Smith, Taylor Johnson, and the fans in attendance at the game know there is more to the story.
The Bearcats got a solid effort from their starting five Thursday night. Besides Johnson, Kyle Gromann did a lot of ball handling against the press and contributed six points in the second half. Matt Dunn scored six in the first half and ended with eight points. Travis Gough was scoreless but did a great job defensively on the interior.
Matthew Ogden came off the bench to spell Gough and had one of the best games this season boxing out and rebounding. Ogden also contributed two points on a first quarter bucket. Dawson Gates helped some with ball handling and extending the defense. He was fouled on a three attempt and made two of three free throws. Luke Bishop gave Johnson some rest at the point and made a huge free throw to stop a 12-0 Keller run in the first quarter. Alex Riner is recovering from an ankle injury and got a few minutes.
Black Ops Team makes a Difference
In the first quarter, Aledo got off to a good start after falling behind 6-2. The Bearcats went on an 8-0 behind Johnson’s scoring and free throws and a great assist from Gromann on an inbounds play. Matthew Ogden’s bucket came off an excellent assist from Johnson.
Keller started a relentless press and went on the 12-0 run off forcing Aledo turnovers. The Indians built up a 20-11 lead with 1:21 to play in the quarter. Coach Smith summoned the Black Ops Team with 0:54 left in the first quarter and they paid immediate dividends. Dylan Bush came up with a steal and hit a streaking Matt Hawkins for a layup. The play stopped the bleeding for Aledo and helped them finish the quarter only behind by seven, 20-13.
The the Black Ops team consists of Sean Church, Brock Parker, Austin Sarver, Matthew Hawkins, and Dylan Bush. Their objective is to wreak havoc on opponents, create turnovers, and use defense to cause turnovers.
Coach Smith started using the Black Ops team last year with a little success. This year, Sarver and Bush are Black Ops veterans and they are joined by new recruits Parker, Hawkins, and Church. The recruits get the Black Ops a little better than last year’s team. Their eagerness shows even though they know their stay on the court will be a short one.
The Black Ops team forced two more turnovers in the third quarter. The second led to an Aledo possession and a made three-pointer by Matt Dunn with 0:03 on the clock giving Aledo a 44-42 lead after the third quarter.
The Bearcats simply would not have won this game without a total team effort. Aledo should be proud of taking down two powerful 5A opponents in one day.
They can’t rest long; Fort Worth Nolan Catholic is 12-0 and ranked in the top ten for large private schools in Texas. The winner of Friday night’s game between Nolan Catholic and Aledo will advance to the Championship Game on Saturday.
Leading Bearcats vs. Keller
Aledo Bearcat junior guard scored 42 points including 12 of 12 free throws in overtime of Aledo's 89-82 win over Killeen. He is averaging 26.7 points in the last six games.
Taylor Johnson Explodes for 42 Points: Aledo Outlasts Killeen Kangaroos 89-82 in overtime
Bearcat Men vs. Keller tonight at 8 pm
Granbury, TX--The Bearcat men got off to a good start in the Granbury Varsity Tournament with a 89-82 overtime victory over the Killeen Kangaroos. Killeen plays in Class 5A District 8. They were a very athletic team and should do well in the tournament. The Kangaroos best player, Brian Long, fouled out with 26 points in regulation.
Aledo led 35-25 at halftime but Killeen kept chipping away using a relentless press to force Bearcat turnovers. The tactic hurt Killeen later on because the fouls added up and Aledo was able to keep the ball in the hands of Taylor Johnson who scored 42 points and was 12 of 12 in free throw attempts in the overtime period.
Aledo took a 56-49 lead into the fourth quarter. Taylor Johnson was the primary ball handler for the Bearcats and it paid off. Killeen had to press hard giving Johnson plenty of chances to handle the ball and plenty of chances to get fouled and go to the free throw line.
Killeen closed to within seven, 59-52, when Carl Williams went hard to the basket drawing a foul and two free throws with 5:50 left. The basket increased Aledo’s lead to nine. The Kangaroo’s came right and hit two three’s in a row to cut Aledo’s lead back to three at 61-58 at the 5:11 mark of the fourth.
Kyle Gromann made two free throws putting Aledo up by five again 63-58. A foul on Taylor Johnson put the Kangaroo’s in the one-and-one. They missed the front end and Travis Gough was immediately fouled and sank both free throws. The Black Ops team came in. Brock Parker forced a turnover and Dillon bush found Matthew Hawkins streaking down court for an easy two.
Killeen hit a three pointer cutting Aledo’s lead to three 68-65 with 1:04 remaining. Taylor Johnson was fouled on the inbound and went to the line sinking both free throws in the double bonus.
The Kangaroo’s came back to within two on a free throw and a rebound off the second shot missed for another bucket. Aledo scored on a nice assist from Taylor Johnson to Travis Gough to give Aledo the lead back by two. Dawson Gates hit one of two free throws to put Aledo up by three 73-70.
Killeen hit a three with 0:02 seconds left to tie the score at 73-73 and send the game into overtime.
Taylor Johnson scored the first four points for Aledo in overtime and found Matthew Dunn on a feed leading to two free throws giving Aledo a four point lead 79-75 in overtime.
Coach Smith continued to utilize the Black Ops team of Sean Church, Brock Parker, Austin Sarver, Matthew Hawkins, and Dylan Bush in the overtime. They forced two turnovers in the fourth quarter.
The Bearcats continued to utilize Johnson’s ball handling and free throw shooting to increase the lead back to four with two free throws with 2:15 left in overtime. Killeen came right back and hit two of their own to bring Aledo’s lead down to two 81-79 with 2:02 remaining.
Two more Johnson free throws gave Aledo the lead again by four before a horrible call against Brock Parker gave Killeen two free throws. They made one giving Aledo a 83-80 lead and then fouled Johnson again. Taylor’s two free throws gave Aledo a five-point lead 85-80 with 1:25 left.
The Kangaroo’s missed their field goal attempt and Killeen was forced to foul Johnson again and he sank both free throws giving Aledo a 89-82 victory!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
# 10 Dawson Gates had four three pointers and 14 points against Stephenville.
Bearcats Fall to Yellow Jackets 68-57
Foul trouble leads to points off free throws for Stephenville
The Aledo men took the floor a little late Tuesday night because the Ladycat game ended in double overtime. It was almost a picture perfect first quarter for the Bearcats against the 13th ranked Class 3A school in Texas, the Stephenville Yellow Jackets.
Five Bearcats scored in the opening quarter as Aledo mixed great outside shooting (Taylor Johnson and Dawson Gates had two three-pointers each) with passes to the interior off the motion offense. Travis Gough scored two buckets and Matthew Ogden got to the line for two free throws in the first quarter.
Aledo led Stephenville 21-15 after one but things started to go south when Stephenville went into the bonus early in the second quarter. After a three, Stephenville went to the line and hit both ends of a one-and-one to give them their first lead 22-21 with 5:57 still to play in the second quarter.
When Taylor Johnson hit a three with 3:44 to play in the second quarter, it put Aledo in the lead 29-27. It was the last lead on the evening for the Bearcats who tried to play catch-up around Stephenville’s made free throw attempts. The Yellow Jackets took a 36-32 lead into halftime.
Stephenville hit a three to start the third quarter building the lead to seven 39-32. A bucket by Travis Gough trimmed the lead to five but Stephenville hit another three to increase the lead to eight 42-34 with 4:02 left in the third.
The Yellow Jackets increased their lead to as much as 14 but Taylor Johnson hit another three and Travis Gough hit two free throws to trim the Yellow Jacket lead to nine. Stephenville stuck the dagger in the heart of the Bearcats by hitting a three with :02 left in the quarter to bring the lead back up to 12 points 52-40.
Stephenville found themselves in the bonus again very early in the fourth quarter after a horrible call against Gough gave the Yellow Jackets two more free throws and put them in the bonus for the rest of the game. The call gave Stephenville the first of six straight free throws in less than a minute to push the 12 point lead to 18, 58-40, with 7:03 remaining.
The Bearcats cut the Stephenville lead to nine 63-54 on a Johnson free throw with 2:09 remaining but Stephenville went to the line again for four straight free throws and built the lead back up to 13, 67-54, with 1:18 left.
Austin Sarver hit a three, Dawson Gates had a three and an additional bucket for five fourth quarter points and Taylor Johnson had eight in the period.
Aledo will play Kileen Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Granbury Van Griffin Kia Invitational
Aledo "Coaches for a Cure" Benefit Game Tonight
Aledo Ladycats vs. Stephenville Honeybees @ 6 PM
Aledo Bearcats vs. Stephenville Yellow Jackets @ 7:30
When the Aledo Men’s Basketball team takes the floor tonight against the Stephenville Yellow Jackets, more is at stake than the outcome of the varsity basketball game.
Aledo Head Basketball Coach Steve Smith is helping create cancer awareness by setting up a collection for Aledo Youth Football athlete Nick Scott. The Aledo native was diagnosed with acute Leukemia earlier this year.
“We want to help the Scott family and help build awareness of how cancer affects our community,” said Coach Smith. “It hits so close to home because Nick Scott is the nephew of Alex Riner and Nick is battling Leukemia.”
The Bearcats will have a table set up in the foyer of the gym with a huge empty Ozarka bottle for donations to help the Scott family. Coach Smith hopes Ladycat and Bearcat fans help to fill up the bottle by the end of the night.
Aledo Youth Football helped earlier this year setting up a blood drive to benefit Luke Scott. See related story.
Last year, Channel 8 did a story on the Aledo vs. Stephenville game which benefitted Breast Cancer Awareness. Coach Smith and the Aledo players were featured in the story:
Channel 8 Report (With Coach Smith and Pierce Gentry in 2011)
Coach Smith reported he is not sure how much money the team can help raise but he put it all in prospective, “The most important thing to me is to see a smile on Luke’s face and for him to know we care,” said Coach Smith.
From 2011... Coaches for the Cure
Aledo Basketball Teams work with Stephenville to help Cancer Victim
Channel 8 Report (With Coach Smith and Pierce Gentry)
Stephenville-Aledo: Coaches for the Cure
Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!-Dr. Peter Venkman
Aledo and Stephenville: Fighting for a commom cause
Monday, December 3, 2012
Senior Travis Gough is the lone "big man" for Aledo this season. Gough scored 14 points in the San Angelo Tournament this past weekend. Photo by Jim Black
Aledo Men’s Basketball Shows Strength in San Angelo Tournament
Taylor Johnson scores 92 in four games
San Angelo, Texas is one of those places which are literally in the middle of nowhere. It’s a great place to send a group of men’s high school basketball players. There are absolutely no distractions for the team. Coach Steve Smith loaded up his team and headed 213 miles west to San Angelo.
When the Bearcats arrived, they found themselves in a very competitive basketball tournament. Aledo worked themselves into the Championship game of the Consolation Bracket against Class 5A Euless Trinity.
After falling behind by 19 points, 27-9, in the first quarter, Aledo battled back to make the game respectable losing by nine 79-70. The Bearcats scored 28 in the final quarter to put a scare in the Trojans.
Taylor Johnson scored 22 against Euless Trinity. Matt Dunn added eight and Smith got a good look at some players who may provide some offensive fire power for the Bearcats as they enter district play in a couple of weeks.
The Bearcats ended up 2-2 with one of the losses in overtime. Taylor Johnson continues to have a hot hand for Aledo. He scored 92 points in the tournament averaging 23 points per game. Seven other Bearcats scored 10 points or more during the four game tournament.
Aledo returns home on Tuesday, December 4th to play Stephenville at Bearcat Gym at 7:30.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Kyle Gromann and the Aledo Bearcats are in the Championship Game of the Consolation Bracket in the Men's San Angelo Varsity Tournament.
Bearcat Men Claw Back to Consolation Game Finals in the San Angelo Varsity Tournament
Play Class 5A Euless Trinity in Consolation Game Final
The Aledo Bearcats traveled far west to play in a huge basketball tournament in San Angelo starting last Thursday. The Bearcats opened the tournament with a 56-54 loss in overtime to El Paso Bowie. The loss put Aledo in the loser’s bracket with the best case scenario being champions of the “Consolation Bracket”.
Aledo has fought their way through the consolation bracket to the championship game today at 2:00 PM at San Angelo Central High School. The game starts at 2:00 PM.
The Bearcats defeated San Angelo Lake View 60-36 in their next game behind Taylor Johnson’s 28 points. Abilene Wylie defeated El Paso Eastwood 71-38 setting up a showdown between Aledo and Wylie.
Luke Bishop hit the winning free throw in a thrilling 49-48 victory over Abilene Wylie. Taylor Johnson again led Aledo in scoring with 17 points.
Aledo will take on Euless Trinity in the Consolation Championship. The Trojans defeated El Paso Del Valle 68-53 and Lubbock Estacado 80-61 to reach the finals.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Aledo's Taylor Johnson scored 30 against Timber Creek Tuesday nighy in a 56-55 Bearcat victory.
Photo by Jim Black
Aledo Bearcats hold off Timber Creek for 56-55 Win at Home
The last time Aledo played the Keller Timber Creek Falcons, both teams were battling it out to see who would get third and fourth in District 4-5A at the end of the basketball season last year. The Falcons won third place in district last year. Aledo made the playoffs but were forced to play Trimble Tech in the first round of the basketball playoffs.
With re-alignment, a budding rivalry was ended between Aledo and Timber Creek. The Falcons moved up to Class 5A and are now in a district (4-5A) with Southlake Carroll, Justin Northwest, Keller Central and others.
Aledo Head Coach Steve Smith was able to schedule a home game against the Falcons and the rivalry was renewed at least for one game Tuesday night at Bearcat Gym.
The Bearcats took a 25-24 lead into halftime against the Falcons and came out in the third quarter to increase the lead by nine 39-30. A frantic comeback attempt by Timber Creek, 25-17 in the fourth quarter, was not enough as Aledo pulled out the victory 56-55.
Junior Guard Taylor Johnson had his best game of the season scoring 30 points for Aledo. Carl Williams added 12 points and was the only other Aledo player in double figures.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Senior Guard # 23 Alex Riner hopes to get Bearcats off and running tonight at 7:30.
Photo by Jim Black
Aledo Bearcats vs. Timber Creek Falcons
Varsity @ 7:30; JV @ 6:00 PM
Bearcat Gym, Aledo, TX
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
# 11 Taylor Johnson, a junior, was the leading Bearcat scorer last season.
Bearcats fall to Class 5A Mansfield Legacy 39-36
Aledo men’s varsity played their first home game Tuesday night after going 1-2 on the road to start the season. Class 5A Mansfield Legacy were the visitors. The Broncos came into the game with a 2-1 record.
The game was a classic defensive struggle with both teams playing tough defensively. Aledo took a 22-16 lead into half time thanks to a strong first half offensively by junior guard Taylor Johnson who had 10 points at halftime. Carl Williams had six in the first half and Alex Riner was only other Bearcat to score with three.
Aledo came out cold in the second half but maintained the lead until the Broncos took a 31-30 lead with 4:31 to play in the fourth. Carl Williams tied the score at 31-31 making one of two free throws with 3:33 left in the fourth.
Aledo was hurt from the free throw line making only 10 of 17 free throws. Aledo was trailing 35-34 with the ball when the officials called a five second violation against the Bearcats with 1:36 remaining in the game. The Broncos scored on the next possession.
Carl Williams came up with a loose ball and scored a bucket with :48 left but missed the free throw which would have tied the score. Alex Riner came up with a big steal and a change of possession to Aledo with :23 left. Taylor Johnson had a good look but his jumper in the lane rimmed out with :06 left.
Aledo fouled but the Broncos were not in the penalty. They had to make an inbound pass from underneath the Aledo basket. Mansfield Legacy was able to get the ball in and was immediately fouled by Williams. The Broncos made both free throws giving Aledo possession with :05 left. Taylor Johnson’s three attempt was just off the mark.
BEARCAT BASKETBALL 2011
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Great Season Bearcats!
Aledo Bearcats 39 Trimble Tech 61 FINAL
Senior Matt Bishop led the team with 14 points against Ft. Worth Trimble Tech.
Senior Pierce Gentry scored eight and was tough on defense.
# 25 Travis Gough was great on the boards all night for the Bearcats.
Bearcats vs. Bulldogs Box Score
The athleticism and basketball skills of the state's fourth ranked Class 4-A team began to show in the fourth quarter. Trimble Tech uses a deep bench and full court pressure the entire game. Tech started to wear down the backcourt of Aledo and fresh Bulldog legs on defense forced turnovers.
Aledo's 'Black Ops' squad came in several times during the fourth quarter. They did a great job of shutting down Trimble Tech. The Bearcats continued to work hard down the stretch, but had to foul in order to keep the game alive.
Matthew Bishop finished out his senior season with the Bearcats with 14 points and a walk to the dressing room with his brother Luke.
Bearcats 27 Bulldogs 34 End of third quarter
The Bearcats started to lose the handle on the ball during the third quarter and turnovers led to two dunks by T.C.U. commit Charles Hill Jr. Toward the end of the quarter, the Bulldogs extended their lead to seven and ended the quarter.
Bearcats 21 Bulldogs 23 End of First Half
Aledo continued kept up the pressure on defense against Trimble Tech. The Bearcats had the lead with less than a minute to play in the half. An intentional foul by Alex Riner on a break-away basket for Trimble Tech gave them two free throws and the ball. The Bearcats defense came alive again and stopped the Bulldogs. Matt Bishop had four in the quarter and tied for the Aledo scoring with Pierce Gentry. They had six in the first half. Johnson has four, Kyle Gromann three, and Travis Gough has two points at the half.
Taylor Johnson is in foul trouble with three and sat out the last 3:32 of the second quarter. Matt Bishop has two and Pierce Gentry two.
Bearcats 13 Bulldogs 12 End of the first
The Aledo Bearcats kept the first quarter tight and took the lead at the buzzer as Taylor Johnson ipped in a missed shot at the buzzer. Johnson had four in the quarter, Pierce Gentry had four,Kyle Gromann hit a three, and Bishop scored a bucket
This will be the Bearcats first playoff appearance under second year Aledo Head Coach Steve Smith. Coach Smith has resurrected a moribund program to the first 20-win season in a long time. In his first season, Smith had the Bearcats on the doorstep of the playoffs . Tonight will be a tough test against Class 4As # 4 Ranked team.
The Bearcats have some new faces tonight getting a smell of playoff action. Luke Bishop is here from the 12-2 (District) Freshman A team. JV players playing on the varsity tonight include freshman Dawson Gates, and JV players Matt Dunn, Alex Stockdale, and Carl Williams.
Trimble Tech Preview:
For Fort Worth Trimble Tech comes into the game 24-4 and ranked number four in the state.Trimble Tech coach Wendell Ivory said it's four losses this season in tournament play that mean the most.
"We had to learn some patience," he said. "Because we had so many district games -- 18 -- it was vital that we play in the best tournament against the best competition. We learned a lot about playing good defense and then getting the best shot."
"Defense is my main focus," Tech guard Julius Harris said. "We have scorers and if someone is off, someone can and will pick up the slack. For me, it's going to be working hard on position and if I do that, the scoring opportunities come on the other end."
Tech has had seven different leading scorers in games this season, and Harris, who doesn't start, is the legitimate sixth man. Still he leads the Bulldogs (26-4) in scoring at 14.8 points per game, followed closely by Charles Hill at 14.1.
Aledo Bearcats vs. Trimble Tech Bulldogs
6108 Broadway Ave
Today, February 21 at 8:00 pm
The Aledo Bearcats (20-10) will enter the playoffs as the number four seed in District 5-4A. Aledo finished tied for third place with Timber Creek. A coin flip gave Timber Creek the number three seed. It made a huge difference because Aledo must play # 4 Class 4A ranked Trimble Tech Bulldogs from Fort Worth. They completed District 6-4A undefeated at 17-0 and were 25-4 on the season. The game will be played today, February 21st at Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Bearcat Basketball Playoff Shirts on Sale Now
Playoff shirts for the Bearcat Basketball team are on sale for $12. All proceeds go to Bearcat Boys Basketball. For information, contactHead Coach Steve Smith at email@example.com. Checks will be made payable to Aledo HS Boys Basketball Activity Fund.
Keep Track of the Bearcats and Ladycats in The playoffs:
# 11 Taylor Johnson flies over Brewers top player Jaylen Bridges
#50 Pierce Gentry was high scorer for the game with 13 points.
Finish Tied for third in District 5-4A
Bearcats Final Game Tuesday Night
Aledo Bearcats at Fort Worth Brewer 7:30 pm
Bearcat Stats through Birdville 29 Games
Bearcat District Stats 9 Games
Friday, February 10, 2012
Aledo Senior Pat Patterson
Photo by Jim Black
Final Home Game for Bearcat Seniors:
Aledo Bearcats 52 (8-5)Birdville Hawks 60(11-2)
# 3 Ryan Evers
# 4 Matt Bishop
# 10 Drew Wright
# 22 Todd Christian
# 24 Pat Patterson
# 50 Pierce Gentry
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
District 5-4A Standings
Bearcats Claim Playoff spot with Win over Azle
Aledo Bearcats 70 .... Azle Hornets 53
Road Trip to Byron Nelson Bearcat and Ladycat Fans!
Byron Nelson High School
2775 Bobcat Blvd
Roanoke, TX 76262
Pat Patterson makes his Bearcat debut.
Bearcats vs. Bobcats 7:30 PM
Friday, January 27, 2012
Varsity Basketball: Yet Another Sweep!
District 5-4A Standings
Ladycats 62 Lady Porcupines 41
Bearcats 56 Porcupines 35
# 11 Taylor Johnson is averaging 21.7 points per game in District 5-4A
Photo by Jim Black
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Moritz Holiday Tournament Results:
Aledo 53 (2nd place)
Brewer 56 (1st place)
Haltom 44, Brewer 77
Aledo 67, Burleson Centennial 61
Haltom 71 (3rd place) Centennial 51 (4th Place)
Fort Worth South Hills (7th place) defeated Joshua
Weatherford 45 (5th place) Stephenville (6th place) 30
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Moritz Holiday Tournament Results:
Aledo Bearcats 65, Fort Worth South Hills 38
Burleson Centennial 53, Weatherford 48
Haltom 76, Joshua 46
Brewer 57, Stephenville 42
Stephenville 62, Joshua 29
Weatherford 63, South Hills 28
Aledo Basketball Teams work with Stephenville to help Cancer Victim
Channel 8 Report (With Coach Smith and Pierce Gentry)
Stephenville-Aledo: Coaches for the Cure
Dogs and cats, living together, mass hysteria!-Dr. Peter Venkman
Aledo and Stephenville: Fighting for a commom cause
Aledo Bearcats 72
Joshua Owls 61
Bearcat Varsity goes to 9-4 on the year
Bearcats Defeat Boswell 62-50
The Bearcats are 1-1 in the Joshua Varsity Tournament. Last night, Aledo lost a close one to Burleson 55-53.
Bearcats Defeat Boswell 62-50
The Bearcats are 1-1 in the Joshua Varsity Tournament. Last night, Aledo lost a close one to Burleson 55-53.
Bearcats76..... Southwest Christian Eagles 37
Coach Steve Smith and the Bearcat basketball team are also flying high, especially after last weeks exciting comeback in the fourth quarter and overtime to defeat Fort Worth Country Day 52-49. Sophomore Taylor Johnson has been on fire to start the season. He is averaging 15.8 of the teams 42.0 points per game. Johnson also leads the Bearcats in assists (5.8) , steals (3.3), and free throw % at (88.2). Aledo (4-1) plays the Southwest Christian Eagles (0-2) from the TAAPS 4A classification
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Aledo Sweeps Decatur
Ladycats 51 Decatur 17
Bearcats 63 Decatur 35
Aledo Bearcats 52 Fort Worth Country Day 49 Overtime
Aledo trailed Ft. Worth Country Day 33-21 at the end of the third quarter Tuesday night at Bearcat Gym. The offense came alive in the fourth quarter and overtime. The Bearcats outscored Country Day 31-16 in the 4th quarter and overtime for a 52-49 victory.
Taylor Johnson led the way for the Bearcats with 22. Pierce Gentry was held in check but scored four big points toward the end to finish with six. Dylan Campbell also had six and Alex Riner finished with nine.
Note from Coach Steve Smith:
Last year we were 13-18 overall and 6-8 in district (5th place). We won the consolation bracket of the Joshua Tourney and placed 4th in the Moritz Holiday Classic. During district play, we split with second place Byron Nelson, split with 3rd place Birdville, swept Timbercreek and had a 5 game winning streak at one point.
Taylor Johnson was named District Newcomer of the Year, Mr. Bearcat Basketball and started every game as a freshman. Our returning starters are Johnson and 65 senior-post Pierce Gentry, along with returning lettermen in senior guards Drew Wright and Ryan Evers. Newcomers to watch are 63 junior-wing Kyle Gromann and 65 junior-post Travis Gough.
Our team goal is to win the district championship and make a deep playoff run. Our first home game is 11-15 versus Decatur, then 11-22 versus Country Day, followed by an 11-29 game versus Southwest Christian. All three of those games are double headers with the Ladycats. This years Moritz Holiday Classic is December 27th and 28th at Aledo High School.
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