KILLEEN — The formula that has served the Temple Tem-Cats so well in 35 victories spanning the last two years was on display in their season opener Tuesday night — a smothering, pestering defense that sticks with being bothersome from one end of the floor to the other.
Steal. Bucket. Rinse and repeat.
The Tem-Cats recorded 13 steals, caused other Killeen Shoemaker turnovers with various presses and cruised to a trademark 67-38 road victory to kick off the 2017-18 basketball campaign.
“We thrive on our defense and we put it in their heads every day in practice that defense is what’s going to win championships,” Temple coach Tamarah Sanders said. “Once we get in shape, it’s just going to be that much easier.”