Swanton fell into an 11-0 hole early and never found their way out as Napoleon rolled to a 58-29 win over the Bulldogs in a game held in Swanton Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Swanton played without injured star big man Andrew Thornton and missed their first six shots from the field.
Two baskets from Josh Mack and two more — including a three by Zack Rosebrook — staked the Wildcats to that 11-point lead in the first four minutes.
Trent Weigel’s reverse layup broke the goose egg on the scoreboard with 2:55 left but Napoleon responded with eight more points straight — six of them from Tanner Rubinstein to blast ahead 21-4 at the quarter.
After building the lead to 32-10 by halftime, Napoleon outscored Swanton 14-2 by the 4:57 point of the third to go ahead 46-12.
Gavin Brubaker canned a triple and Rosebrook also hit from long range during the run.
With the Cats rolling players in and out like hockey line changes, Swanton used seven consecutive Josh Vance points to get as close as 46-24 in the fourth.
For the game Vance led all Swanton scorers with 11 points.
Mack led a balanced Wildcat attack with 12. Rosebrook had 11, Rubinstein 10 and Chase Peckinpaugh 10 for Napoleon.
The Bulldogs shot 11-39 while Napoleon was 22-49.
Swanton was guilty of 21 turnovers while the Wildcats had just 12.
Swanton hosts their own Holiday Classic Monday and Tuesday this week.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org