The second-half defense by the Dickinson Gators guided them to a blowout victory over the Clear Springs Chargers, 59-39, on Tuesday at home.
“We knew it was something we had to compete for and fight for and we did a good job of that in the first half,” Clear Springs head coach Chris Hairfield. “We just have to stick to the things that we’re taught.”
The Gators and the Chargers came into the game each with a 7-2 record in District 24-6A, which was part of a four-way tie for first place.
“It feels really good and it gives us a chance to take a breath,” said Dickinson head coach Jason Wilson on getting the victory tonight. “We have got to finish out the second half.”
The Gators held the Chargers to just 16 points in the second half after giving up 14 points in the second quarter alone.
“We finally had a good half of basketball both offensively and defensively,” said Wilson. “We have a slogan called S.T.S., ‘string together stops,’ and we did that.”
The Gators had a one-point lead going into halftime after Nate Randle Jr. converted on back-to-back shots from behind the arc.
The Gators came out of the halftime break firing on all cylinders and locking down on defense, going on an 13-3 run to start the quarter.
The Gators would do the same thing to start the fourth quarter, going on a 15-4 run to put the Gators up by 18 and put the game out of reach for the Chargers.
The Gators’ Deuce Guidry made it look simple off the bench in the fourth quarter, getting to bucket with ease. He was a true game changer for the Gators.
“I know what he can do, we know what he can do,” said Wilson. “It was Deuce’s night and he took advantage of it.”
Guidry finished the game with 10 points, six of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Tramon Mark had a game-high 27 points.
The Chargers got into foul trouble early, which reflected late in the game with two players fouling out: Terrance Woodson and Christian Waller.
The Chargers only had one person in double-figures, which was Kyle Burt with 11 points. Woodson had nine points in the game.