Rayburn’s decimated roster no match for Summer Creek’s athleticism
With Summer Creek’s full-court press acting as the spark, the Bulldogs erupted for an amazing 37 first-period points en route to an easy 85-46 District 22-6A win over Sam Rayburn Wednesday night.
The Texans began the 2019 portion of their schedule with departures and illness decimating their roster, forcing head coach Ryan Campbell to circle the wagon train.
“We’ve just got to put that one behind us and look forward to Saturday,” said Campbell, who along with his entire team is still reeling over the sudden departure of post player Keon Edwards and his move to a prep school in Las Vegas.
“Our starting point guard and his back-up are out with the flu. Monday, we moved some guys around having to play point guard who never played point guard their entire life. We had two sophomores who had never played varsity basketball,” Campbell said.
That meant it was open season on Rayburn’s ballhandlers who tried but were unable to advance the ball past its own 3-point arc as Summer Creek suffocated the Texans with their pressure defense, run by athletic players.
“You can’t let that first quarter happen. We had nine turnovers that led to 20 of their points in the first quarter. For us, we ran an offense that we spent two days practicing with,” Campbell said.
By game’s end, 10 Bulldogs found the scoreboard, revealing the depth of Summer Creek’s talent and why the team is 5-0, sharing the top spot with South Houston.
Summer Creek drained six 3-point goals in the first period. Jaylon Johnson was red-hot over the opening eight minutes. On at least two occasions, the team appeared to hide a Bulldog in the corner and crisp passing led to buckets by such folks as Johnson and Dylan Phillip.
“Summer Creek’s going to win district in my opinion. When they stop pressing, it looks like they’ve got guys who can bench press 250 pounds,” Campbell said.
Sam Rayburn, now 1-4 in district, travels to Pasadena High School Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff.