Kilgore High School boys basketball coach Jerry Timmons had been 0-4 against his alma mater, Gladewater, since taking over the Bulldogs three years ago.
Well, he’s not 0-4 anymore, after the Bulldogs blasted the Bears, 65-45, Friday night here at KHS. The Kilgore Lady Bulldogs also got another win, and have a share of the District 15-4A lead.
Both KHS teams were to host Chapel Hill on Tuesday night, after the print deadline for this issue of the News Herald. See an update online now at kilgorenewsherald.com.
On Friday, both teams will host Bullard, starting with junior varsity games at 5 p.m.
Kilgore 65, Gladewater 45 (boys): Seth Thomas scored 23 points and also had eight rebounds, two steals and three assists in the contest.
“He’s been our common denominator,” Timmons said of Thomas. “As he goes, we go.”
Also for Kilgore, Deiontrae Wheat had 17 points, five rebounds and two assists, and Colby Powe had 10 points and two rebounds.
After the game, Timmons paid the current Bulldogs a big compliment.
“I’ve coached a lot of teams, and some good teams,” he said. “But this is my favorite I’ve coached. They are putting things together so well. Individually, we have some talent and do good things. But we bring good things to the table together. It’s not an individual thing at all.”
The Bulldogs are now 3-2 in district play, and Tuesday’s game against Chapel Hill begins the second round of district.
Kilgore 39, Gladewater 26 (girls): Coach Jeff Coleman’s Kilgore girls, meanwhile, are 6-1 in district and have a share of the district lead. Their only loss has been to Bullard, and there’s a rematch Friday night.
The Lady ‘Dogs topped Gladewater, and Jamaria Thomas finished with 14 points, including two three-pointers. Mariya Mitchell had eight points and also had a pair of three-pointers.