MERIDIAN – After opening District 10-2A play with a hard-fought 56-42 loss at DeLeon last Tuesday, the Meridian boys basketball team proved no match for league-leading Goldthwaite as the Eagles handed the Yellowjackets a convincing 68-28 loss at home last Friday night.
Having lost four of their last five games, the Jackets (0-2 in district, 8-16 overall) host Hico (0-2, 10-14) today at 7 p.m. in Yellowjacket Gymnasium.
In the district opener against DeLeon (2-0, 13-13), senior Demarius Parks scored a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds, followed by senior Matt Rosas with 11 points, three assists and four steals. Senior Zade Kendall led Meridian with 10 rebounds and six steals, while junior Dylan Poole dished out a team-high seven assists.
“We started out slow, and then we picked it up in the second half,” Meridian boys basketball head coach Carlos Johansson said. “It’s a tough place to play at in DeLeon. I am proud that our boys showed no quit, and we fought to the last second. There’s plenty more games to go. “
Facing Goldthwaite (3-0, 16-10), Parks led Meridian with 15 points and four steals, followed by Poole with seven points while Kendall dominated the boards with eight rebounds.
“Respect to Goldthwaite, they are a very solid team,” Johansson said. “I am proud of the fight our boys had all game. We need to get back to work and prepare for the next game.”
In other District 10-2A action last Friday night, Santo knocked off Hico, 48-25, while DeLeon had an open date. Tuesday’s other matchups feature Goldthwaite at DeLeon in a showdown for first place, while Santo (1-2, 10-16) draws an open date.
Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS