’Lopes crush Freedom

AVONWORTH’S Adam Kramer shoots for the Antelopes during their 76-38 win over Freedom. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By ANDREW DOMENCIC

The Avonworth Antelopes boys’ basketball team rolled over the visiting Freedom Bulldogs last Tuesday, 76-38, to add yet another win to their overall record, which now stands at 6-6 on the season.

Both teams started off slow, and nearly halfway through the first quarter the score was only 2-0. After exchanging baskets for the next two minutes, Avonworth was up 8-7 before they went on a scoring streak and put up 11 unanswered points to close out the quarter with a 19-7 advantage.

The 'Lopes’ streak did not stop there. They continued to put up baskets in the second quarter and built a 27-7 advantage before Freedom was finally able to answer a minute and a half into the second quarter. "We were able to spread the floor by hitting a couple of early shots," said Avonworth head coach Dan Bradley, "and that really opened up the middle for Chris [O'Malley]. So we really handled the game well on the inside."

Avonworth's dominance continued, as they allowed only eight points in the second quarter and put up 28 of their own, increasing their lead to 47-15 at halftime. "We moved our feet a lot better in the passing lanes, and they got into some foul trouble, and we were able to capitalize on that," said Bradley.

In the third quarter, the blow-out continued as Avonworth dominated both offensively and defensively. They were able to continue to thrive offensively, and their solid defense never gave the Bulldogs a chance to think about mounting a comeback, en route to a 61-30 advantage going into the final quarter.

Avonworth once again limited Freedom's offense to single-digit points in the fourth quarter - giving up only eight - and they added another 15 to finish off the Bulldogs and win the game, 76-38.