HOLCOMB — Game two of the young season, and the Holcomb Longhorns show no sign of letting up.
They took out Dumas, Texas, 64-49 in the opening round of the Clarion Inn Roundball Classic Thursday evening, using a 16-8 third period to put away a scrappy Demons team that held the lead after the first quarter.
Holcomb got up 13-8 with three minutes left in the opening period, but Dumas finished with a 7-1 run and a one-point lead.
At 4:22 in the second, Holcomb took a 20-15 lead on a Paden Cornelsen layup, and they went on to a 31-24 halftime lead, holding the Demons to just three field goals in that period. Six Longhorns scored in that period, including on consecutive possessions by Steven Crain, Cornelsen and Devin Mader.
The defense shut down Dumas in the third period, again holding them to three field goals, while the offense finished with a 7-0 run and a 47-30 lead. The 'Horns kept that streak going, increasing the lead to a game-high 27 points (61-34) in the final period.
Dumas scored 13 of the game’s final 16 points to make the score closer, and that might be the one part of the Holcomb game with which coach Chad Novack was not especially pleased.
Dumas started the game hitting a pair of deep threes. They finished 6 of 12 for the night, putting up just 39 shots total (making 17). Holcomb put up 56 shots, converting 25, but the Longhorns were just 2 for 9 from long range. They were also just 12 of 21 from the free-throw line.
The ‘Horns turned the ball over just nine times, with one of Novack’s goals each game to keep that statistic below 10.
They also out-rebounded the Demons, 36-16, individually, led by Cornelson with 10.
Carter Blackburn, who missed the opening game of the season last Friday resting a football injury, had 14 points, tying with Trey Gilbert for team-high. Crain added nine, all in the first half.
Branton Hatley led Dumas with 16 points, followed by Aiden Venzor with 11 and Zeke Nevarez with 10.
On Friday night, Holcomb (2-0) will take on Wichita Trinity (57-15 winners over Garden City Thursday).