By DANNY P. SMITH
The present and future of the Starkville Christian School boys basketball program was on display Friday night at the Cougar Cave.
Sophomore Caleb Jordan led the way with 18 points, while senior Aaron Bowman added 16 points and senior Ethan Willers chipped in 10 points as the Cougars defeated the Meridian Flyers 56-31 in the final home action of the season.
It was the eighth win of the season for Starkville Christian, improving to 8-17.
The Flyers tried to hit the Cougars with a press defense, but the home team broke it easily which led to some easy baskets.
"We did a good job of breaking the press and moving the ball well," Starkville Christian boys coach Jonathan Little said. "Caleb Jordan had the best game of the season. He had a lot of steals, points and rebounds and stepped up big.
"Ethan Willers played really good with a lot of rebounds and points. The seniors led the way."
The Cougars got off to a fast start by scoring the first five points of the game on a three-point field goal by Chris Horstemeyer and a basket by Jordan.
Meridian got the next two buckets of the game to cut the margin to 5-4.
After the two teams traded baskets, SCS ended the first quarter with a 7-6 advantage.
The Cougars used three different 4-0 spurts in the second quarter, including scores by Jordan and Austin Foxx to increase the lead to 23-16 at halftime. Jordan had 10 first-half points.
"He has a lot of potential so hopefully he can reach that over the next two years," Little said of Jordan.
Jordan kept up his scoring into the third quarter with eight more points, while Horstemeyer and Aaron Bowman joined in on the fun as Starkville Christian went up 44-23.
In junior varsity action, the Cougars won a 31-24 decision as Foxx scored 12 points.
The final games of the season for the Starkville Christian teams will be Monday at Kemper Academy.
Little said it has been a season of ups and downs, mainly due to injuries, but is anxious to see how the Cougars prepare in the offseason.
"Teams are built during the season, but players must build themselves during the offseason," Little said. "You can't get better unless players get better."