Before each game, Drexel sets some new team goals. Things that the team hopes to accomplish during the game.
In the contest against Western Missouri Conference opponent Archie Jan. 15 at Drexel, the Bobcats hoped to outrebound the Whirlwinds and of course, win, which they did, 70-30.
“One of the goals tonight was rebounding, offensive and defensive both,” Drexel junior Javyn Johnston said. “I felt like we really did well rebounding. Offensively especially, because it keeps possession alive. When we get up to Columbia against some really good teams, it will really help us out.”
After the first quarter alone, the Bobcats had a 31-10 advantage. In the second quarter, after two baskets from Archie junior Boston Dickerson, Drexel went on a 11-0 run with three shots and a free throw from Johnston, a basket from senior CJ Bolton and a score from senior Cody Russell to take a 42-14 lead.
Dickerson responded for the Whirlwinds with two more baskets, but Bolton sunk a three-pointer to end the quarter with Drexel ahead 45-18 at halftime.
“We were working on a lot of defensive stuff that game,” Bolton said. “In the second half, we got things settled down.”
In the third quarter, after a basket from Bolton and an Archie three-pointer from senior Jimmy Blundell, the rest of the quarter belonged to the Bobcats as they went on a 21-0 run. Drexel led 68-21 going into the final eight minutes of play, starting a running clock.
The Bobcat starters took the bench in the fourth quarter, and Archie went on a run of their own for nine points, with a basket from Blundell, two shots and a free throw from junior Ceaser Swigart and two free throws from Dickerson to make the score 68-30. Drexel junior Brandon Thomas had the final shot of the game.
“A conference win is always great,” Johnston said. “It feels good.”
Drexel was led in scoring by Johnston with 25 points and Bolton with 21 points. Russell had 11 points and Trevor Cooley added nine points. Trevor Stewart and Thomas had two points each.
Dickerson led Archie, 2-8, with 13 points, followed by Swigart with nine points. Blundell had five points and Toby Gibson added three points.
The Bobcats, 11-1, have big plans for this season, including getting back to state, where they placed second in Class 1 last year.
“We got to go down pretty much the same path,” Bolton said. “The brackets came out yesterday. We kind of know what teams we have to beat. We just have to get down there and play.”