It was raining 3s Friday night at the Midland High gymnasium.
The Bulldogs dialed long distance by totaling 19 3-pointers in a 93-38 victory over Odessa High in a District 2-6A boys basketball game. Almost the entire MHS roster got involved in the hot-shooting display behind the arc, as 10 of 11 Bulldog players sank 3s.
With the convincing win, the Bulldogs (18-12, 5-2 in District 2-6A) kept pace with fellow first-place teams Odessa Permian (22-7, 5-2) and Amarillo Tascosa (18-8, 5-2) in the wild race in District 2-6A.
“Last game, we decided to go inside,” MHS head coach Shan Hooker said of Tuesday’s 87-49 win over Lee. “We wanted to work from inside-out. That’s what we did again tonight. We wanted to establish our inside game. When you establish the inside game, that’s when it opens up your perimeter shots. Tonight, fortunately, those 3s were falling.”
Senior guard Nicholas Terrazas spearheaded the Bulldogs’ long-range shooting, finishing with a team-high five 3-pointers made and 15 points, which all occurred during the first half.
“We just got a lot of shots during practice, a lot of shooting drills through the week,” Terrazas said. “My teammates just believed in me and got me the ball. I got good looks at it, it’s all because of my teammates getting me open.”
Even 6-foot-8 center Brett Canis, who typically does most of his work in the paint, drained a pair of 3s, including a trey that pushed MHS to a 62-17 lead with 2:58 remaining in the third quarter. Canis scored 14 points.
Late in the fourth quarter, Jarsavian Ingram stole a ball and dribbled down court to sink a 3-pointer well beyond the arc, which assured that all 11 Bulldogs would score a point in the game. The MHS student section erupted loudly after Ingram’s bucket.
Nathaniel Rodriguez was an all-around contributor for the Bulldogs, as he recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 10 assists. Rodriguez filled up two other stat categories as well, notching eight rebounds and six steals.
Earlier in district play, the Dawgs had developed a reputation for their torrid starts, but were unable to sustain their hot play for four quarters. Against the Bronchos (8-22, 0-7), the Bulldogs raced to a 34-8 lead with 7:06 left in the second quarter and they never took the foot off the gas.
“They get focused before the game, they feel good,” Hooker said. “They get a good sweat going up in warm ups and then they come out, like a race horse coming out of the gate. That’s how we’ve been starting. That’s how we’ve been having success.”
The Bulldogs not only lit it up on the offensive end, but their defense limited OHS to only 23 points through the first three quarters.
“I liked the intensity that we had,” Rodriguez said. “We’re just staying focused and trying to get the done job.”
MHS visits Permian at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a game where the winner is assured of having at least a share of first place. The Bulldogs beat Permian, 65-52, in their first District 2-6A meeting at home on Jan. 28, and MHS defeated the Panthers, 46-41, at home in early December in the Tall City Oilman’s Invitational.
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