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Dexter Demons speeds past Lordsburg, 56-31

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Dexter’s Sergio Ramirez drives toward the basket Thursday night against Lordsburg during the 52nd annual John Reid Dexter Invitational Basketball Tournament. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

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For Dexter, this is not the season they had imagined after making it to the quarterfinals last season. With a 5-9 record coming into the 52nd annual John Reid Dexter Invitational, they hope to gather momentum toward the last part of the season by winning their tournament and getting ready for district play.

Dexter’s Jaime Munoz goes up for a shot Thursday night against Lordsburg. (Jeannie Harris Photo)

Dexter started the season by going 1-3 because the football players were still playing for the championship and they were shorthanded. The Demons played younger players to fill in for the football players. Since the season was over with on Dec. 2, it has taken about a month to get back in shape and some of the players are still getting their legs into basketball shape.

“Coming from football to basketball is a big switch,” Dexter power forward Jaime Munoz said. “Just knowing that I’m in basketball shape and not getting so tired helps a lot, especially at the end of games. I feel like the air outside is easier to breathe than the air in a gym. There’s a lot of people in the gym and it takes a lot to breathe.”

Dexter’s seniors have a lot of pride and want to win this tournament. They have not won the Invitational since 2014. The team is looking to get on a roll and start the momentum for a deep run into the playoffs. As they played fastbreak basketball Thursday night, Dexter ran past Lordsburg, 56-31, at Lewis Arena.

“We are very young,” Mavericks coach DJ Saucedo said. “Their speed and pressure are enough to beat anybody.”

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There are two things coaches can’t coach and that is speed and height. Dexter’s basketball team is the closest team to playing street ball. They will throw full-court passes one-handed, skip passes over zones and any of their players will lead the fastbreak by either dribbling out of traffic or throwing it over the top, as they scored numerous times over the Mavericks.

On defense, they have the speed to overcome mistakes from gambling for steals. One of the hidden gems is guard Jaime Chavira — who may match Goddard’s Jonah Chavez and Roswell’s Jasia Reese in quickness and top end speed. Chavira was able to penetrate Lordsburg’s zone defense and score at the rim or kick it out to Sergio Ramirez for an open three-point shot.

“I try to make plays for everyone,” Chavira said. “I try to get everyone involved.

Dexter’s coach Arthur Cobos doesn’t mind miscues as long as his team is being aggressive. Not only does Dexter play an exciting brand of basketball, but as soon as the ball comes through the net, Cobos is yelling at his team to get it up the court and shoot it. Very rarely in the game against Lordsburg did Dexter run any set plays.

“We basically play transition basketball,” Cobos said. “We work on that a lot — if they score, it’s no big deal. Let’s get up and down the court and get another possession. We still have to get used to getting faster up and down the court. We are finally getting everybody included again.”

Against Lordsburg’s zone defense, they would throw it into the middle to 6-foot-7 Bryan Cano, who would look over the defense and either put up a shot or throw it to the wing to open shots. Cano is a transfer from Mexico and is adjusting to the physical play of American basketball and has to have a translator communicate for him because he does not speak English.

Dexter, (6-9), will face Jal at 6:15 p.m. today at Lewis Arena.