Deer Park tramples La Porte in big way 76-39
Ryan Bright and his entire coaching staff looked pretty stylish with their new attire. Someone remarked that they looked a little bit like waiters at an upscale restaurant.
They’ll gladly take the compliments for their fashion statement, but Bright was more interested in Christmas vacation-starting compliments about how the team looked on the court.
No concerns there. Deer Park guaranteed itself a 2-0 District 21-6A record heading into the meat of the campaign, following an easy 76-39 victory over struggling La Porte Friday night.
Ten Deer Park players found the scoreboard as the offense savored one of its highest scoring outputs this season as the team improved to 16-5 for the year.
Deer Park decimated La Porte in the rebounding battles. The Bulldogs were one-and-done on the offensive end as the Deer were holding La Porte’s shooters to one look. On missed free-throw attempts by the Deer, the guys, more than once, grabbed the errant shot to create a new scoring opportunity from the floor.
That’s how the first half ended. Troy Sheppard missed his second foul shot, Christian Aguilar secured the rebound and scored, creating the halftime score of 34-15.
“I think in the first half we had four or five offensive rebounds off free throws. You don’t get that very often. I’m very pleased with that,” Bright said. “We talked a lot about beating them on the boards. At halftime, we had outrebounded them by 14. We had the height advantage and got on the boards.”
Terry Anderson led the team with 14 points, eight arriving in the second period. Michael Banda contributed 12, Andrew Madrigal canned 10 and Tristan Wright dropped in 11.
“I felt like coming into it we were the better team, we just needed to play like it and we did play like it tonight. You could kind of compare records. It’s a dangerous thing to compare records. They did play North Shore really well. They were up on (Clear) Falls in the fourth. They’re not a bad team. They’ve got some really good young talent. I didn’t want us walking into this sleep-walking. We did what we were supposed to do tonight,” Bright said.
The Deer were definitely not sleep-walking for the last four minutes of the second period and the opening four minutes of the third.
With Deer Park leading 23-15, the team promptly outscored the Bulldogs 21-1.
An Anderson putback, an Anderson steal and another Anderson bucket got the rampage going. The second half began with the Deer outscoring La Porte 10-1. Three of the team’s opening four buckets came directly off Bulldog turnovers.