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Demons bounce back; defeat Capitan 66-34

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DEXTER – The Dexter Demon basketball team shook off one of their poorest performances of the season on Tuesday night with a big 66-34 win over the visiting Capitan Tigers. The Demons used some amazing defense in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to run away from the Tigers and improve to 14-6 on the year and 2-1 in district.

“We had some changeups in our starting line up and it led to us starting out a little slow,” stated coach Arthur Cobos. “Once we made a couple of shifts, it’s just chemistry. We had new people on the floor and it took them awhile to get going. Once they did, it was good but then the fouls started to come in and that’s what slows us down.”

The Tigers, moving out of district 4-3A next year, kept the game close in the first quarter but ultimately fell to the deeper, faster Demons. The Tigers remained in the district cellar with an 0-3 slate.

The Demons started out fast as they led early 9-2 thanks in part to two big three’s from Jaime Chavira. Unfortunately for the hosts, turnovers and missed layups started to doom them as the Tigers slowly came back to take a late lead. Jordan Marquez came off the bench to score one down low to make it 13-13 after one quarter.

The second quarter saw the Demons, shorthanded for the evening, allow only one hoop and six free throws to the Tigers as they started to pull away late. The quarter saw both teams in the bonus early as both teams shot freely and fouled freely.

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With the Demons holding a slight 20-19 lead with 2:15 to go, Jaime Munoz – who was begging for the ball in the post – hit a turnaround to give the Demons a 22-19 lead and start a quarter ending 13-1 run blitz.

Munoz would get another down low to make it 26-19 and then five different teammates would contribute down the stretch to give the Demons a double digit lead. A put-back bucket at the buzzer by Sergio Ramirez would make it 33-20.

The Demons turned up the defensive pressure even more in the third quarter as they allowed only a lone free throw by the Tigers. Jarren Amaro scored in the first 15 seconds of the half and the Demons were off and running. Seven different Demons scored as the Tigers simply had no answer for the sudden onslaught. Ramirez would nail a three with :02 seconds remaining to make it 53-21 heading to the final quarter.

Coach Cobos was very pleased with the defensive performance by his Demons. “On the bench, I can put anyone in – they can basically fill in for anybody. So, a few guys that don’t see the floor that much, can (contribute). We just have to start communicating. We still don’t have that confidence on the court yet. It’s coming around.”

The fourth was a sluggish affair as the Tigers were in the bonus at the 6:48 mark and the Demons at the 6:12 mark. Despite that, the two teams continued to foul content to go to the free throw line repeatedly.

The Demons would hit six freebies in the quarter that saw four different players foul out and the Tigers would hit their only two three’s to make it entertaining until the end. Matt Otero would hit a three at the buzzer to make it 66-34 in favor of the Demons who survived intact despite 54 total fouls being called.

“It was a good win to come back from that game we had two days ago,” said Cobos. “I’m a defensive guy. If we score two points and not let them score any, then we win the game. Defense is what is going to keep us alive – to keep us around. Our speed and our defense. We need to work a little more on rebounding – we are allowing too many second chance points. If we can keep the ball in our hands and our of theirs, we don’t have to worry about the other team scoring many points.”

Dexter now travels to Loving on Saturday to battle the Falcons.

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