By DAVID GREEN
Once the second quarter got underway, it didn’t take long for Morenci to put its mark on the contest Friday against Britton-Deerfield.
A tight first quarter quickly opened up to a big lead through good ball movement and good shooting. The Patriots were out-scored 27-7 in the second quarter and the Bulldogs went on to win 69-33.
“They’ve been able to play with some good teams this season,” coach Jim Bauer said, “but our defense from start to finish was super.”
Morenci was on top 9-7 after the first quarter, but in the second period Hunter Borton quickly scored a bucket followed by a three pointer from Bobby Black.
Torin Merillat added a bucket, then scored again on an in-bound play. Next it was Austin Sandusky who struck from outside the arc, then, after a block by Merillat, Black hit from outside again. Bladen Mellon was next to sink a three. Mellon finished the quarter with 10 points.
The Bulldogs’ success from outside allowed some penetration underneath as the points kept piling on.
Four players ended in double figures: Mellon with 15, Black with 12, Tucker Stover with 11 and Alex Thomas with 10.
Stover, Merillat and Black each collected seven rebounds and Mellon grabbed three steals.
SUMMERFIELD—Morenci didn’t get much separation from Summerfield at home last Tuesday until the third quarter, then they lost some of that momentum in the fourth as the visitors cut the lead to seven.
The Bulldogs came back near the end to claim a 69-55 league win.
“We gave up a lot of easy baskets in the first half,” Coach Bauer said. “We didn’t attack and stop the ball.”
Morenci continued to press into the second half, and did a better job with it.
Early on, Morenci seemed to be too relaxed after scoring, Bauer said, and allowed Summerfield to take advantage of quick in-bound passes.
Sandusky, Thomas and Merillat each finished with seven rebounds. Sandusky gave four assists.
• The Bulldogs need to avoid a surprise at Whiteford on Friday to set up a league showdown at Clinton on Saturday in a re-scheduled contest.
Madison, Clinton and Morenci each have two league losses as the season winds down.