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Demons can’t buy a basket; fall to Tularosa 43-36


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DEXTER – The Dexter Demon boys basketball team had an evening to forget as they had a dismal time offensively in falling to the visiting Tularosa Wildcats 43-36. While the Demon defense did the job, the offense could not get untracked as they missed from the inside, outside, and the line in falling to 1-1 in district 4-3A.

“We couldn’t get nothing to fall,” stated a disappointed coach Arthur Cobos. “Wide open layups….we drove well, but just couldn’t finish.”

The Wildcats, taking firm control of the lead in district with a 3-0 mark, did a great job defensively as they stayed in their man-to-man D all evening and stayed patient offensively to escape Lewis Gym with the victory.

The Demons got off to a poor start falling behind 8-0 and getting a lone bucket from Jaime Munoz at the 3:38 mark which would be their only opening quarter points.

The Demons stayed aggressive and had a fair second quarter. With the Demons trailing 12-2, senior Marco Olivas came off the bench and hit back-to-back threes to spark the hosts. Unfortunately, the Demons could not make a serious run as they were whistled for four charging calls in the quarter and could not get into any kind of rhythm. The half would end 15-11 in favor of the Wildcats after Nick Cobos made a late hoop and a late free throw.

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“Nothing was going,” said Cobos. “Free throws, layups…it was just not our day. Heck, I think we had six charging calls against us…in the first half. That’s tough. That kind of threw us off as the kids were kind of scared to drive in after those. Just an ugly game all around.”

The third quarter was, unfortunately for the Demons, more of the same as they missed layups and open jumpers and fell farther behind. The Wildcats, led by guards Gustavo Calderon and Marcos Barreras – who between them scored 11 of the visitors’ 13 third quarter points – ran their offensively in a very patient manner and stretched the lead to 23-12 at the five minute mark.

The Demons made another small push to get back into the contest. Jaime Chavira would make two baskets and Munoz would get a turnaround bucket and a freebie to make it 28-19 heading into the final frame.

The Demons would get as close as four in the final quarter, but, again, missed buckets would doom the hosts. Chavira’s three with 1:06 to go would make it 37-33, but the Wildcats would answer with a quick breakaway lay in and then play stall ball and make their foul shots as they won going away 43-36.

“They knew how to play it,” said Cobos of the Wildcats’ style. “They run a play five times and then score on the sixth time. They would kill two minutes and then score after that. They would keep us from scoring over here, and they could win 2-0.”

He continued, “We’ll see them again over at their house and it’s always challenging over there.”

The Demons, 13-6 and ranked 5th in the state, host Capitan on Thursday evening.

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