The Armadillos had an open date Tuesday, Feb. 2 and then hosted the Comanche Indians Friday, Feb. 5. The Indians came into this game with a district record of 7-2 and one game out of the lead behind Brady. Comanche jumped out to a 23-15 lead in the first quarter. In the second quarter, they increased their lead to 41-26 at the half. After three quarters the Indians led 59-41 and the final was 84-55. Comanche is a full court pressure team that relies on you making a mistake and then takes advantage of that mistake. We worked hard in practice this week on breaking the press and numerous times we broke their press with ease. We had a lot of layups from breaking their press. But on the flip side, we committed 24 turnovers against their pressure that ended up as points for them also. They are a very good defensive team and we struggled at times handling their pressure. On the defensive side of the ball, I would like to note that Chase Key did an excellent job of containing one of Comanche’s better players #12, Wilhelm. Chase held him to 10 points and only one three pointer. The first time we played them, Wilhelm scored 22 on us and had 6 three pointers. There were a couple of bright spots for us though. Tucker Cromer had a record high game scoring 30 points. He had 12 field goals and was 6 of 9 from the free throw line. The other was Sophomore Luke Cox. We pulled Luke up tonight to give us some depth at guard. Luke did pretty well for his first varsity game. He was the second leading scorer for the team tonight putting in 8 points, scoring 3 field goals and going 2 of 3 from the line. Others players scoring were Chase Key with 6 points, Clayton Perry, Braden McBee, and Ryan Pannell with 3 points each, and Chance Gotcher with 2 points.
We travel to Coleman on Tuesday, Feb. 9, and to Dublin on Friday, Feb. 12.