On January 12, the Armadillos traveled to Comanche for another 8-AA district game. The Indians were undefeated in district play at the time of this game and they still are. Comanche has a very good team this year and I knew it would be a tough challenge for us, but as always, our kids showed up and gave their best effort.
Comanche is a pressing, fast paced team, and it wasn’t any different when they played us. They pressed us from the start and kept on until well in the third quarter. In the first quarter we broke the press fairly easily. At one point in the first quarter, we were up on the 15-9. After one quarter of play, Comanche led 20-18. I was extremely proud of the way our kids played in the first quarter. 18 points in one quarter is the most we have scored in a single quarter all year up to this point. But things took a turn for the worse in the second quarter. Comanche continued their full court pressure and we committed some turnovers that ended up as layups for the Indians. They also couldn’t miss from the 3 point line either. I have to give Comanche the credit. They are a great basketball team and it showed in the second quarter. They outscored us 36-11. We went in at half trailing 29-56. In the second half we played them pretty even with Comanche scoring 29 second half points and the Dillos scoring 28. The Indians won the contest 85-57. Scoring for the Armadillos was: Tucker Cromer – 11; Braden McBee – 9; Ryan Pannell and Chance Gotcher – 8; Pete Torres, Hayden Oliver, and Clayton Perry – 6; Chase Key – 3. We had five three-pointers in this game: 2 by Clayton Perry; 2 by Hayden Oliver; and 1 by Braden McBee. Probably the thing that I am most pleased with about this game was our offensive production. We scored 57 points on the # 1 team in our district. And that is also the most points we have scored in a game this year up to this point.
On January 15, we hosted the Coleman Bluecats for another district game. The Dillos took the upper hand in this one due to another great first quarter. After one quarter of play, the Dillos led 20-8. At the half, the Dillos were ahead 30-17. In the third quarter the Dillos outscored Coleman 11-9 to make the score 26-41. And in the fourth, the Dillos outscored the Bluecats 22-12, winning the game 63-38. Once again, I was proud of our offensive production. We have been playing much better offensively the last three games scoring 51, 57 and 63 points. And it hasn’t been just one or two people scoring more. Everyone on the team has picked up the slack.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19 we will have hosted Dublin and on Friday, Jan. 22, we will travel to Bangs.