LAFAYETTE – A night after getting run off the floor by North Central Conference rival Marion and after three straight losses, the Kokomo Wildkats decided they had had enough of losing. On the road and at once (and future) NCC rival Lafayette Jeff the Kats used their superior size and experience to cruise to a 59-41 win.
“They showed a lot of character,” Kokomo coach Brian McCauley said. “We know this game would show a lot about who we are. To come back, on the road, after a disappointing home loss [Friday] night and go on the road it was great to just get off to a good start.”
Kokomo made sure that this one would not be in doubt early, as the Wildkats (2-3) opened the game with a 9-0 run. Mykal Cox helped to spur the run as he would finish the first half with 13 points. Kokomo led 16-6 after one period.
The second period was almost all Kokomo as the Bronchos, who had only two players at 6 feet tall or taller, struggled to get anything going in the paint. The Bronchos (2-5) shot only 7 of 19 for the half, but bombed away from long range by hitting 3 of 9 three-point attempts.
Kokomo had no such trouble, as the Kats were a sizzling 14 of 19 from the floor. Brad Dockemeyer was 4-for-4 in the half, connecting on a pair of three-pointers, the last of which came at the buzzer to give Kokomo a comfortable 33-17 halftime lead.
“I am just really proud of the guys’ effort, intensity, and focus,” McCauley said. “We were really running our offense well in the first half and it is fun to see what you work on in practice show itself in a game. That’s when coaching is fun. The offense was good because we took good shots. [Friday] we didn’t do that and [Saturday] we did. It’s not rocket science.”