The Enterprise Wildcats hit the road for their first tournament appearance winning the Thompson Thanksgiving Tournament Championship.

Enterprise walloped the Jackson-Olin Mustangs 77-44 in the opening round on Nov. 23.

Enterprise jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the first quarter and then ran away with the game in the second quarter. The Wildcats outscored Jackson-Olin 30-10 in the period to take a 50-21 lead into halftime. Enterprise again outscored the Mustangs 22-14 before Jackson-Olin finally outscored Enterprise 9-5 in the fourth quarter.

Enterprise was 52.6 percent shooting from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range in the win. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Mustangs 41-29 and forced 23 turnovers.

Hayes led Enterprise with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Cunningham scored 12 points and grabbed two rebounds with two steals.

Terry added 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, while McCray scored eight points and dished two assists.

The Wildcats followed up with an exciting 67-65 win over host team Thompson – who also won the 2019 tournament – in the semifinals on a last-second buzzer-beater from McCray.

With the score tied 65-65, and the clock quickly draining, McCray weaved his way through a pair of defenders, lofting the ball into the air. After initially bouncing off the back of the rim, the ball then fell through the net as the rest of McCray’s teammates rushed him in celebration.

Enterprise and Thompson battled one another through the contest with Enterprise taking a slight 14-11 lead into the second quarter. Thompson then outscored Enterprise 20-12 in the second quarter to take a 31-26 lead into halftime.

The Wildcats managed to outscore the Warriors 24-21 in the third quarter and but still trailed 52-50 going into the final period. In the fourth quarter, Enterprise was able to outscore Thompson 17-13, which end up being the difference.

Enterprise again shot 51 percent from the field but Thompson also had a solid night shooting 58.1 percent. The Wildcats barely edged Thompson in rebounds, 26-24, but also forced 19 turnovers.

McCray was the hero for Enterprise and also scored 14 points with four rebounds and two assists, while Hayes filled up the stat sheet with 24 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Terry chipped in with 13 points, seven rebounds and one steal. Cunningham scored eight points, dished five assists and had three steals in the win, as well.

The Wildcats wrapped up tournament play against Spanish Fort on Nov. 25 and picked up the win 67-41 to capture the tournament championship.

The Wildcats dominated the game from start to finish with their full-court press frustrating the Toros early on. Enterprise took a 16-7 lead into the second quarter before running away with the game.

Enterprise outscored Spanish Fort 22-9 in the second quarter and, at one point, forced four turnovers on consecutive possessions leading to dunks. Enterprise took a 38-16 lead into halftime.

Enterprise and Spanish Fort battled it out 13-13 in the third quarter giving the Wildcats a 51-29 lead into the final period of play. Enterprise again outscored the Toros 16-12 in the final period to capture the tournament crown.

The Wildcats shot 44 percent from the field in the win, while Spanish Fort shot just 34 percent all game. Enterprise also outrebounded Spanish Fort 41-27 and forced 28 turnovers, while giving up just 10 turnovers themselves.

Both Jordan Hines and Terry earned double-doubles for the Wildcats as Hines scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Terry scored 13 points and earned 12 rebounds. Terry also had two steals on defense.

Hayes scored nine points, dished seven assists, grabbed eight rebounds and earned three steals, while McCray scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and had five steals. Cunningham had six points and four assists.

Hayes earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals during the tournament. He and Terry both earned all-tournament honors.

The Wildcats head back to Enterprise next week to host Charles Henderson on Nov. 30 in the 2020 home opener.

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