Spring Creek chomped down on Midway 72-42 in Friday night’s game.
Friday night’s win was Spring Creek’s fourth win in a row and its second victory over Midway this season. The Gators defeated the Raiders 69-61 in Dunn on Dec. 14.
“With nine days off, I was really worried, but we have some older guys that have played a lot of basketball, so they know how to prepare,” said Spring Creek head coach Taylor Jones. “We had some good days of practice, but we knew there was going to be a little bit of rust.”
In the opening minutes, Midway matched Spring Creek’s pace, as the Gators held a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Then, the Gators smacked the Raiders with a shooting barrage. Spring Creek drained four three-pointers in the second quarter. Those long balls by Demartae Bizzell and Dominique Morse helped spark a 19-16 run.
However, Midway refused to go away, and going into half-time, Spring Creek was up only 36-28.
“In the first half, we played good offense, but we did not play good defensive,” said Jones. “Some of it was, they hit some tough shots and that’s okay but we still weren’t satisfied with the way we played on the defensive end in the first half.”
In the third quarter, the Gators took their play to another level, and not much improved for the Raiders’ defense in the second half.
Spring Creek outscored Midway 36-16 in the second half and hit three more three-pointers. The Gators finished the game with nine three-pointers from three different players.
“We were phenomenal to start the third quarter,” said Jones. “We hit one and it was like the floodgates opened up. Overall, I thought we played terrific in the second half.”
Bizzell led the Gators with 22 points. Morse chipped in 15, while Tyrese Artis finished the night with 15 points. The Raiders’ offense was headed by Bryson Core, who tallied 13 points.
“Our guys play really good basketball,” Jones said. “They play the game the right way. We execute on offense. We’re unselfish on offense and we share the ball. I have great players.”