DORA — With homecoming ceremonies following the game, the Dora boys had their biggest crowd of the year. That, and a quick start by the Floyd Broncos, turned out to be a little much.
Jerrod Long sparked an 11-0 run to open the game, and the visiting Broncos never trailed in a 68-47 blowout win Friday night at Guy Luscombe Gymnasium.
Long battled foul trouble throughout, but scored 15 to lead four in double figures for the Broncos (13-6, 4-0). Manny Carrillo added 13, Kyle Kropf 11 and Jason Martinez 10 for Floyd, which established a 20-point lead midway through the second quarter.
Floyd coach Jeff Gillespie was pleased with the scoring distribution, noting that the Broncos were three points away from having six in double figures — Ryan Kropf had nine and Chance Chenault had eight despite fouling out early in the fourth.
“Everybody chipped in,” Gillespie said. “Jonathon Mitchell played some important minutes when Chance fouled out. He didn’t score any points, but he played good defense and did some other things well.”
Few things went well for Dora (3-13, 1-3), even with Long and Chenault each picking up two quick fouls.
Long opened the game with a 3-point play on a double-clutch layup, then stole the ball on the ensuing inbound for a layup. Before Long went to the bench with his second foul, he had added a layup and a pair of free throws to make it an 11-0 advantage. Tyler Wilhoit broke the drought with a layup for Dora with 3:22 left in the first.
Long returned in the second quarter, but picked up a quick foul while leaping for a loose ball. Thanks to the 3-point shooting of Carrillo and Martinez, foul trouble never really mattered.
“It hurt having him and Chance on the bench,” Gillespie said, “but we’ve got other kids that are stepping up and picking up the slack when they go down.”
Foul trouble didn’t do much to stop Floyd’s pressure defense, which contributed to Dora’s 15 first-half turnovers.
“I thought they had overall good speed,” Dora coach Ty Thatcher said. “Even with those guys out — and they were out a lot of the time — they did a pretty good job on us.”
Dora took care of the ball better in the second half, turning the ball over eight times after halftime, but the Coyotes shot just 10-of-49 for the game and didn’t get closer than 15.
Thatcher thought the atmosphere of homecoming might have got to his team, which has no seniors on its roster and had 31 of its 47 points come from sophomores or freshmen.
“As a young team, biggest crowd they’ve played for all year, I think they were just overwhelmed early,” Thatcher said. “Hopefully, they just chalk this up to inexperience and go from there.
“I think we can play with them, we just had a rough night.”
Wilhoit led three in double figures with 13 points, while J.R. Gonzales and Clayton Stokes added 10 each.
Dora 40, Floyd 15
Homecoming festivities created an early start for the girls game, and Floyd never quite caught up on offense.
The Lady Broncos played without leading scorer Cindy Andrade, who was held out of the game for violating team rules. Without her, the offense fell apart and Floyd (10-10, 1-3) shot 3-for-41.
D’Shawn Pettigrew outscored Dora by herself, putting up 12 of her 17 points in the first quarter. Pettigrew was the only player in double figures on either side — Jaci Sant added seven and Kassandra Clark six for Dora, while Floyd got all of its points from Corina Mendoza (eight) and Rebecca Blue (seven).
Dora coach Bill Stockton thought homecoming might lead to a lack of focus, but was pleased to see that was never the case.
“We came out from the get-go and played really well,” Stockton said. “We had a little lapse in the third quarter, but finished the game strong and played good defense.”