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Dexter Demons blow past Cloudcroft 78-22

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Dexter High School junior Jarren Amaro goes for a layup against Cloudcroft’s defense Thursday in Dexter. (David Rocha Photo)

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Dexter — The Dexter Demon boys basketball squad put an exclamation point on to the final game of the opening round of their own tourney with a dominating 78-22 win over an out-matched Cloudcroft team. The Demons ran off to a big lead and then coasted to the big win and improve their record to 10-4 on the season.

The 51st Annual John Reid Dexter Invitational Basketball tourney sees the Dexter faculty, students, and community come together to put on one of the premier small school basketball tourneys in the state in a show of generosity, sportsmanship, and hospitality for all that attend.

Unfortunately for the visiting Bears, those things seemed a mute point as the Demons ran off to a 30-9 opening quarter lead that saw nine different players score and a Demon press that simply overwhelmed the younger Cloudcroft team.

“We weren’t looking past them, but I told the guys that hopefully this would be a game that we could kind of work on some things and clean up and we did do that,” stated first-year head coach Arthur Cobos. “Everybody got a lot of playing time – kids that don’t normally get on the court, they got to get in there and (contribute). We got to see what we need to work on.”

With everyone contributing, the Demons coasted to a 44-13 halftime edge as the hosts were effective on both ends of the court.

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“We have a lot of unselfish players,” said Cobos. “The ball was moving around a lot and that’s what I like to see.”

The third quarter was more of the same as the Demons got two opening buckets from post Jaime Munoz to get the running clock going and the game stayed one-sided as the quarter ended 56-20. The only bright spot for the Bears in the quarter was the play of post Triston Eamello who scored all seven of the Bears’ points after going scoreless in the first half.

The final quarter saw the Demons rack up another 22 points to continue to grow the margin of victory. Jarren Amaro made the most of his playing time in the final frame to toss in three baskets while running the offense from the point. The Demons finished the game on a 12-0 run to wrap up the final 78-22 win.

“We shoot the ball a lot,” explained Cobos. “We shoot a lot in practice and I want to develop shooters. We have a lot of kids that can shoot and when they are open I want them to shoot the ball. In a game like this, we are not trying to raise the score up to where it’s ridiculous, but we did have kids working on different things like there jump shot. It just works out, it lets you work on a lot of things that you don’t normally get to work on in a game with high intensity. We pulled the press and worked on some half-court defense and, overall, I thought all of the kids were into it because they were all a part of the game with scoring and being unselfish with the ball.”

The Demons now have a third matchup with Highway 2 rival Hagerman in Friday’s 6:15 semifinal game.