Antelopes crush Bulldog

Avonworth's Garrett Day set a new career record as the Antelopes crushed the Freedom Bulldogs Tuesday evening. Day recorded his first triple-double, with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

By JIM RUMBLE

After losing by a total of three points in consecutive section games, the Avonworth boys’ basketball team got back on track when they hosted Freedom this past Tuesday. The teams exchanged leads four times early in the first quarter before the Antelopes powered ahead on their way to a lopsided 92-44 victory.

"I'm very pleased at how we came out after the first minute," said 'Lopes coach Dan Bradley. "After that we played 31 minutes of good basketball."

With a couple of turn-overs early in the first quarter, the 'Lopes found themselves in a competitive game with the Bulldogs, who led 10-8 past the halfway point of the period.

Turner Grau's put-back basket sent Avonworth on an 11-1 run that included a couple of drives to the basket by Garrett Day, a three-ball by Jake Harper, a score inside the paint by Matt Crilley, and a score by Grau underneath on an inbounds play that led to a 19-10 Antelope lead.

Freedom stopped the run with a basket from long range, but Avonworth countered with Crilley's basket on another inbounds play before Crilley converted a three-point play that gave the 'Lopes a 24-13 lead.

Avonworth made good on 10-18 from the floor in the first quarter, while Freedom connected on 5-16.

The Antelopes continued to dominate in the second quarter, where they began with a 15-2 run to extend their lead. The run consisted of eight points by Crilley, baskets by Grau and Will Colenbrander off the bench and a three-pointer by Day for a 39-15 lead with 4:17 left in the quarter.

Darius Simmons and J.J. Igims combined for nine points and Mike Noethiger scored on a put-back as Avonworth outscored Freedom 11-7 through the remainder of the quarter to lead 50-22 at the half.

Day and Simmons scored six points each in the third quarter, leading the 'Lopes to a 21-13 point advantage and a 71-35 lead.

Crilley and Igims combined for 11 fourth quarter points, and the Antelopes held a 21-9 advantage to finalize their 92-44 win.

Crilley led all scorers with 24 points.

For the first time in his career, Day turned in a triple-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Igims and Simmons both finished in double figures with 16 and 12 points respectively.