Wildcats End Seven-Game SkidThe Salem Wildcats have their first win since December 14th and their season sweep over the Paris Tigers after a 59-47 road win Friday night.
Equally important to a much-needed win was that Salem improved to 3-3 in Apollo Conference play this season.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 10-2 run on the strength of strong rebounding and transition points. But Paris was able to battle back. The teams traded leads throughout the second quarter, but Salem went into the locker room with a three-point advantage.
The third quarter proved pivotal for the Cats as Salem outscored their hosts 18-8. Nick Conklin and Donte Rush combined for fourteen points in the quarter as Salem shut down the Tigers' post attack. Conklin and Rush were two of four Wildcats to finish in double figures.
Conklin scored a game-high fifteen points. Rush and seniors Nick Hempen and Alex Phillips each had ten points apiece. Phillips went 7-for-9 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to reach double digits. As a team, Salem was 17-of-22 from the foul line, a big help in securing the win.
Salem has little time to rest as they return to action Saturday in the Pinkneyville Shoot Out. The Wildcats will face Greenville at 2pm on 100.1 FM WJBD and WJBDRadio.com.
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