After a two-game skid, the Deer basketball team got back in the win column with a 60-36 win over Rayburn Friday at Watkins Gym. An early 18-0 run set the tone for the win. Next up for the Deer is a road game at Pasadena, with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The Deer Park boys basketball team soundly defeated Sam Rayburn Friday night, 60-36.
This win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Deer. Head Coach Darren Chandler said the win showed the team returned to form.
"That looked like us early in the season. The ball movement was really great, and we were just in tune in to what we were doing defensively. We had slipped a little in those areas recently, and tonight we had got it back," said Chandler.
Deer Park started hot, going 4-4 behind the arc which paved the way to an 18-0 run against the Texans. Both teams played physically throughout the quarter. However, Rayburn played a little too physically and picked up a couple of offensive fouls which killed their drives. The Deer took control on offense while holding Rayburn to eight total first-quarter points.
The Texan's defense stepped up in the second quarter, managing to slow the Deer offense. The second quarter was mostly a defensive battle, as neither team able to gain much ground against the other until Rayburn found its touch. The Texans went on a 7-0 run near the end of the half and cut the Deer lead to 26-18 at the break.
The start of the second half mirrored the start of the game, with Deer Park shooting 3-3 on 3-pointers, leading to a 10-0 scoring run against the Texans.
Junior forward Brad Milliorn, who led the team in scoring with 19 points as well as going 5/9 from beyond the 3-point line, said the team’s long-range shooting accuracy is a strong offensive weapon.
"It spreads out the defense, and helps our guys down low get more one-on-ones. It just helps everyone really because it gives us momentum which carries over to defense too," Milliorn said.
Despite a physical third quarter, the Deer continued to keep the ball out of Rayburn's hands, as the team outscored the Texans 22-9.
Chandler said the team’s versatility was on display during the third quarter.
"It's just who we are. We got quite a few good shooters and some big guys inside, and then we got guys who can do multiple things offensively. It's definitely tough to guard us, especially when you add a bench as strong as ours to the mix. I feel confident in all the guys i put in and in their ability to make plays," he said.
The Deer did not let up in the final quarter, playing stout defense, forcing Rayburn turnovers and keeping the ball from the Texans.
Deer Park hits the road for its next game, traveling to Pasadena Tuesday for a 7 p.m. game.
Meanwhile, the Lady Deer basketball team defeated Sam Rayburn on the road Friday night for a 38-35 win. Deer Park was led by Enriqua Bellow’s 23-point, six rebound outburst to lead the team.
The Lady Deer host Pasadena Tuesday at 7 p.m.