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Deer Park finds first victory of 2019 with rout of Rangers

January 12, 2019

Just when basketball fans were wondering if Deer Park’s varsity boys basketball team had eaten any black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, along came Baytown Sterling.

Suffering their first losing streak of the season to begin 2019 that dropped them from a share of first place in the 21-6A standings, the maroon and gold took out their frustrations to the tune of a 71-36 romp over the Rangers Friday night.

It kept head coach Ryan Bright’s bunch above .500 going into a critical finish to Tour I of the race. After road losses to North Shore (53-44) and C.E. King (39-36), the team improves to 3-2.

With a nice blend of an inside-outside game going throughout the first half, Deer Park opened up a 33-13 advantage for halftime, coasting the rest of the way.

The black-eyed peas be damned, most of the team’s mistakes in those two losses were correctable things.

“A large part of it was rebounding. The North Shore game, we gave up 20 second-chance points off offensive rebounds. Against C.E. King, we gave up crucial boards and then taking care of the ball. Last Tuesday, we didn’t take care of the ball when it mattered,” Bright said.

Tristan Wright scored a game-high 17 points, eight of that total coming in the third period. He also pulled down six rebounds.

Brad Milliorn followed with 13 points and four boards, while Terry Anderson secured six rebounds as well.

The outside shooting was strong over the first 16 minutes as the team connected for six 3s, followed by four more in the second half.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well last Tuesday. That’s not an effort thing. Some nights, it’s going to fall and some nights, it’s not. But we’ve got to find ways to win when it’s not falling,” Bright said.

The team travels east on Interstate 10 Tuesday night, taking on Beaumont West Brook Tuesday, before entertaining Beaumont United next Friday.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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