Dons march into rematch at Bloomfield

Friday, December 28, 2007
Doniphan's Justin Placher shoots over a SouthPemiscot defender Thursday night. (Paul Davis/DAR)

By BRAD HURT ~ DAR Sports Writer

BLOOMFIELD -- No matter what the South Pemiscot Bulldogs tried to do defensively Thursday night against Doniphan, the Dons found a way to hurt them.

Doniphan beat the Bulldogs inside and out while marching into the semifinal of the 51st Bloomfield Christmas Tournament with a convincing 79-40 victory.

Doniphan's Chandler and Charles Wilson combined for 43 points.

"He had enough alone to beat us (in the first half)," South Pemiscot coach Aaron Burton said of Chandler Wilson, who scored 18 of his 22 points before halftime.

Burton said he thought about trying a new defensive look before the game, but the large Doniphan lead made it unreasonable.

"We wanted to start in man-to-man, but we got too far down," he said.

When they didn't send the ball inside to one of the twins, the 3-point shot gave the Dons the cushion they needed to run away with the game. Tyler Collins led the team with three 3s while Mitch Granier and Chandler Wilson knocked down two each.

"We spread the defense out, and making the 3's allowed us to penetrate," Doniphan coach Jason Andrews said.

Collins'third 3-pointer of the game stretched the Doniphan lead to 58-34 with 1:27 remaining in the third quarter and continued the Dons' hot streak as they outscored the Bulldogs 16-4 over the final quarter.

The Bulldogs came into the game boasting four of the first round's leading scorers, but they all struggled to find their mark against the Doniphan defense.

"(Clay Maurichio) is a senior," Burton said of his leading producer. "If he's going, we're all going."

Maurichio managed only nine points, seven of which came in the first half.

Burton said the biggest reason for his team's troubles came as a result of the Doniphan defense not allowing them to get into their transition offense.

"They slowed us down and we're not a slow-down team," he said.

The Bulldogs also failed to keep the Dons off the offensive boards, giving up second and third chances, which the Dons usually converted."

"They wanted the ball more than we did," Burton said. "We must expect them to miss, but when they did, we never left the floor."

Hayti 69, Portageville 50

The top-seeded Indians got out of the gate and dominated the Bulldogs from the start, building a 9-2 lead midway through the opening quarter. By hounding the Portageville ballhandlers, the Indians forced turnover after turnover and never let the Bulldogs get into their offense.

The Indians took a 35-23 lead into the break, paced by Jamestic Gooden, who scored 10 points in the half and finished with 20.

Both teams tried to push the pace in the second half, trying to get secondary breaks on nearly every possession. The Indians took advantage of turnovers to create breakaway layups for themselves. However, with Portageville attacking the rim and drawing fouls on the other end of the floor, they could not increase their lead.

Hayti's big man in the middle, William Cooper, created matchup problems for the much smaller Bulldogs all afternoon and finished the game with 15 points. He finished one third-quarter fast break with a layup to push his team's lead to 48-33 around the 4 minute mark.

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