COPPERAS COVE — Montre’ Williams had a secret weapon in the stands — his dad.
Copperas Cove’s starting guard was virtually unstoppable Friday night, connecting on 7 of 11 3-pointers en route to a game-high 30 points as the Bulldawgs demolished Temple 108-45.
After the game, the senior admitted he was especially motivated to perform well.
“My dad came down to visit from North Carolina, and this is his last day down here,” Williams said. “So, I wanted to show out for him before he left.”
Williams made 10 of his 14 shot attempts, and was perfect from the floor in the second half, adding three assists and two rebounds in the lopsided victory.
It was his play in the first quarter, however, that set the tempo.
Connecting on his first five shots, including four 3-pointers, Williams scored 15 of the Bulldawgs’ 23 first-quarter points, giving Copperas Cove a 10-point advantage heading into the second quarter.
“That was huge,” Copperas Cove head coach Billy White Jr. said. “It was kind of slow and stagnant, back and forth, and then he caught fire, and it really allowed us to extend our lead and do some things from there.”
Williams got plenty of help in the second quarter as teammates Chance Smith and Elijah Sobers scored eight and 10 points, respectively, and the Bulldawgs were never challenged for the duration of the contest, taking a 53-21 lead into halftime.
Coupled with Ellison’s loss at Killeen, Copperas Cove (15-13, 6-5) moves into sole possession of fourth place in the District 8-5A standings with three games remaining in the regular season.
The blowout avenges a 56-53 loss at Temple earlier in the season, and now the Bulldawgs will look to repeat the feat against No. 13 Harker Heights on Tuesday after the Knights won the first encounter 66-55 at Copperas Cove.
“That is what we’ve been waiting for this whole time,” Williams said of the rematch with Harker Heights. “We want it.”
The Bulldawgs will be riding a tidal wave of momentum into the contest, having won three games in a row and producing a season-high in points against Temple.
Every player on Copperas Cove’s roster scored against the Wildcats (9-15, 3-8) with five finishing in double figures.
Rashard Odomes did most of his damage at the free-throw line, where he scored 10 of his 18 points, and recorded game-highs in both rebounds (7) and assists (4), while Sobers added 14 points, Devante Robinson finished with 13 points and Smith scored 11.
But rebounding, especially on the offensive end of the floor, was the difference according to White.
“Our forwards, our meat-and-potato guys as assistant coach Courtney Jackson likes to call them, got all over the glass tonight,” he said. “Sobers, Smith and Johnathan Brown were on the glass and got a lot of offensive rebounds.
Those cats got after it.”
As a team, Copperas Cove outrebounded Temple 31-12 with four players grabbing at least five rebounds.
After falling behind 5-3 and again at 7-5, the Bulldawgs used a 44-9 run bridging the first and second quarters to construct a commanding lead.
With the game well in hand, White turned to a number of his bench players in the second half, but Williams still managed to steal the spotlight, connecting on all four of his shots with three coming from behind the 3-point line, including his final attempt which gave the Bulldawgs a 99-43 lead with 4:26 remaining.
“They told me to keep shooting,” Williams said. “So, I just kept shooting.”