Bobcats fall in home opener against Lamp

Published 10:51 pm Thursday, November 30, 2023

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The Beulah boys basketball team struggled to find the bottom of the basket on Thursday as the Bobcats fell in their home opener against Lamp 42-33. 

The early parts of the season have been tough for Beulah. In the season opener, the Bobcats lost to Lamp 74-42. On Thursday, the effort on the defensive side was there and Beulah was in position to win the game late in the fourth period. 

“Last time we played this team we got spanked,” Beulah coach Thomas Hill said. 

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“We had about three days of practice and we’re out of shape. We’ve obviously made a much better showing today. We answered our questions [and] our guys got better. It’s just the first two ball games, and we’ve still got a lot that we can improve on. We’ve got a lot of good seniors I know that are going to help carry this team.” 

Despite not being the leading scorer, Jederian Foreman made the biggest impact for the Bobcats. Foreman finished the game with five points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

Foreman served as the ultimate energy guy and defensive anchor for Beulah.
“He’s just a sophomore, and he’s anchor back there on defense,” Hill said. “He’s great on picks. He does all the things that nobody gives thanks about. It doesn’t show up in the box score, but he is the heart and soul of our team right now. I can’t say enough good things about how he is playing so far this year.” 

Cameron Baker led the Bobcats at point guard on Thursday night. Baker finished with nine points, three rebounds and three steals.
As a sophomore, there were definitely some “young moments” for Baker in the game against Lamp. Baker received a technical foul at the 1:05 mark in the third quarter for exchanging words with an opponent after a made shot.
After that play, Baker found his composure, and he was the leader on offense for the majority of the game. 

“He didn’t have a great shooting night tonight,” Hill said. “He’s normally our best shooter. I thought he handled himself.”
LJ Fitzpatrick followed Baker with seven points, three blocks, three rebounds and two steals. Ethyn Prestridge added another five points, one steal and one block. 

Shooting from the foul line was a struggle for the Bobcats. Beulah hit just three of its 12 free throw attempts on the night.
The loss on Thursday dropped Beulah’s record to 0-2 on the season. Up next for the Bobcats is a matchup at home against Beauregard on Friday. 

“I feel like we’re a very athletic team, we need to play more man,” Hill said. “We’ll continue to work on that. We’re going to have to learn how to shoot.”