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John Wilson made 7 of 11 three-pointers but challenged Brandon Smith on this drive to the basket.
Manchester Enterprise - Thursday, December 4, 2003
Wilson's 29 not enough

Bobcats fall to No. 2 Rockets 61-48

Second ranked Goose Rock avoided the upset at Burning Springs Thursday, pulling out a hard fought 61-48 win. The host Bobcats led 16-15 after the opening period with guard John Wilson scoring all sixteen of the Cats' points.

The Rockets took a 31-26 lead at intermission and held 44-39 lead as the teams entered the final period. Goose Rock was able to pull away in the final two minutes to get the 13 point win over Burning Springs. The game was an emotional one because the Rockets were facing their former coach, Scott Reid, who is in his first season with the Bobcats.

Matthew Mitchell led the Rockets with 18 points; Nathan Fields added 16; Eric Smith had 15; Brandon Smith 10 and Scott Smith two. Wilson who made seven of 11 three point baskets, finished with a game high 29 to lead the Bobcats. Jon-Ross Barrett added nine points; Zac Kemp had six; Noah Reid and Adam Furguson two each.

Tuesday December 9, 2003

Horse Creek 60, Burning Springs 30

Eagles: John Hooker 12, Codi Roberts 10, C.J. Miller 10, Nathan Roberts 8, Bill White 7, Chad Bullock 5, Tyler Sumner 4, Dylan Bowling 2, Allen Whitaker 2.

Bobcats: Noah Reid 12, Jon-Ross Barrett 10, John Wilson 7, Tyler Thompson 1.

Big Creek 59, Burning Springs 31

The host Indians turned in their best game of the season aided by a 22-4 run in the third period to improve to 4-6 entering the holiday break. Brandon Griffin led the way with 27 points and Tyler Young finished with 26 points, 13 coming in the third period. Brandon Jones, Jeremy Sams and Zack Estep added two points apiece.

Jon-Ross Barrett led the Bobcats with 19 points, 15 of which came in the first half. John Wilson finished with six points before fouling out midway through the second period. David Phillips and Aaron Thompson each scored two points; Zac Kemp and Noah Reid had one each. Bobcat Scott Reid was assessed a technical foul early in the third period.

Joe Burchell
Sports Editor

Hoops 2003
Joe Burchell, Sports Editor

Bobcats: county's youngest team

Veteran coach Scott Reid takes over the helm at Burning Springs after eight seasons at Goose Rock. The Bobcats have a load of talent on their roster, but they are short on experience with only three sixth graders.

"We play with a lot of youth," said Bobcat Coach Scott Reid, who guided the Rockets to the 2000 county championship and runner up spot a year later. "But we are blessed with a lot of raw talent and they will only get better with hard work and heart -- something this team has plenty of," he added. Jon-Ross Barrett is the team's big many yet has the ability to put the ball on the floor. He is a strong presence underneath the basket and has developed a nice offensive game.

John Wilson, a fifth grader is the Bobcat point guard. "John is super quick and a good defender," said Reid. Wilson has improved his shooting range from a year ago. His ability to set up his teammates for easy baskets will be a key for the team. Noah Reid is "Mr. Hustle" according to Coach Reid, and will likely lead the team in "floor burns". He started for his day's Rocket team last season and has the knack for scoring inside against bigger opponents. He is also a solid ball handler.

Zac Kemp is a promising fourth grader, and will get better as the season progresses. Jimmy Smith and Cameron Wagers give the Bobcats some needed strength inside and will likely rotate starts at one forward slot. Tyler Thompson was injured early in the season but will see more and more action as the season unfolds.


Burning Springs' fifth grader John Wilson hit seven of 11 three pointers in the Bobcats 61-48 loss to Goose Rock Thursday. That might be a record for grade school basketball since the county adopted the middle school for seventh and eighth grade teams. I would appreciate any info on this subject.

I do know that Burning Springs had a player hit nine threes in a game as an eighth grader. However, the former Bobcat coach couldn't remember his name, just that everyone called him "Pea Head".

2003-04 Bobcat Roster

#3 John Wilson, #5 Noah Reid, #24 Zac Kemp, #52 Jimmy Smith, #50 Jon-Ross Barrett, #40 Cameron Wagers, #12 Tyler Thompson, #4 Logan Westerfield, #22 Anthony Hunter, #34 Adam Furguson, #32 Chase Lewis, #33 David Phillips, #10 Aaron Thompson, #14 Darren Copeland

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