Jacksonville Daily Progress
One of the final instructions New Summerfield head boy's basketball coach Jason Davis stressed to his charges before Tuesday's game in Cushing was to take care of business from the start and “to not let those guys hang around.”
The Hornets followed Davis' commands to the letter, and at the end of the evening New Summerfield had earned a 94-62 blowout win over the Bearkats.
New Summerfield improved to 14-11, 6-0 in District 21-A-I, with the win.
“I knew Cushing had come from being 20 points down to win games twice this year and they can be tough to beat in their gym, so I felt that it was critical for us to get off to a fast start and put them away as quick as we could,” Davis said.
The Bearkats (3-3 in district) played the Hornets tough for the first five minutes, but a 16-4 Hornet run to close the first quarter out was all New Summerfield needed to flourish the rest of the way.
New Summerfield, who led 46-29 at the break, shot 51.4% (36-70) from the field while holding Cushing to 34.2% (25-73).
“We got the shots we wanted all night and we were able to do a good job of keeping things opened up in the middle, and when you do that you are going to get some good looks at the basket,” Davis said.
The Hornet trio of Austin Gray, Wendle Thomas and Angel Marroquin proved to be a thorn in the Bearkats' backsides all evening.
Gray fired in 25 points to lead all players in scoring, Thomas tossed in 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds while Marroquin dropped in 16 points and had a game-best 13 boards.
Davis emptied the bench early on so as not to add insult to injury on the Bearkats — all 12 Hornets that saw action scored at least three points in the game.
New Summerfield also dominated on the boards, outrebounding the home team, 49-38.
Cushing was led in scoring and in rebounding by William Ramsey who flipped in 15 points to go along with eight boards.
The Hornets play at home Friday, hosting Neches at 6:30 p.m.