HARKER HEIGHTS — Before certain games, Cameron DeLaney and Cody Halvorson typically have a little trash talk about who will hit the most 3-pointers.
On Tuesday, the biggest winner of the contest turned out to be the entire Harker Heights team.
Both players hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to help the 13th-ranked Knights cruise to an 84-59 home win over the Temple Wildcats.
“He kept asking me how many I was hitting and I’d tell him and he was like ‘I’m going to catch up with you,’” Cameron said. “We compete sometimes.”
The win comes four days after Heights was upset by the Shoemaker Grey Wolves to force a tie atop the District 8-5A standings.
“I just felt hot,” Halvorson said. “Everything that I was shooting was going in.”
Heights (21-4, 8-2) combined to hit 11 of 25 shots from beyond the arc. C.J. Bobbitt and Teron Davis both scored 10 points while Logan Hicks and Wendale Washington both scored 14 points for Temple (9-14, 3-7).
Heights led from wire to wire and put a stranglehold on the game by scoring the first 17 points in just 5:06 of game time.
For Knights coach Celneque Bobbitt, the game didn’t just let Heights recover from a tough road loss, but it allowed the team to keep building on its depth.
“That’s the old Killeen High adage when I played ball,” Celneque said. “You get in, you get out, you take care of your business and start sitting your butt on the bench in the third quarter or the fourth and let some of the other guys, who come to practice just like you, come in and get a lot of playing time.”
The Knights forced six Temple turnovers and the Wildcats missed their first six shots.
“We wanted to come out and prove something,” Halvorson said. “That loss didn’t mean anything to us and we’re just going to take the next games (one) at a time and hopefully try to get back in first.”
C.J. scored the first two points of the game from the free throw line. He added points on putback and a dunk in the first four minutes and Josh DeLaney’s first of two 3-pointers put Heights ahead 14-0 midway through the opening quarter.
Jordan Lee finally got the Wildcats on the board with a layup on a full court press break that made it 17-2 Heights with 2:42 remaining in the first quarter.
“The last couple of games, we’ve been giving up a lot of points and to come out and just put a lock up on them and hold them to zero felt really good,” Halvorson said. “We actually did what we practiced.”
Temple managed to cut Heights’ lead to 15 points in the second, but the Knights put the game away in the third.
After taking a 47-29 lead into the locker room at halftime, Halvorson opened the second half with his third 3-pointer of the night. That basket sparked a 13-2 run Knights run.
“We just have to maintain what we did tonight and make sure we carry it into the next game against (Waco) Midway, which is really big.” C.J. said.
The Knights bench accounted for 33 points and helped the team close out the game in the fourth quarter.
“It was good that everybody got in the game,” Cameron said. “Seniors, second group, third group. It was fun that everybody got to showcase their talent.”