Wednesday , 25 April 2018
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Basketball Spotlight: North Dominates Little Elm, Improves Record to 7-1

The basketball team that took the court Tuesday night at McKinney North High School ran the court like the red, white and blue-clad Harlem Globetrotters.

As for the Washington Generals, the Globetrotters’ hapless opponents? They were played by Little Elm, and the results were no different as McKinney North dominated the Lobos 107-51 in early season boys action.

Point guards Jula Otubu and Risshard Jackson started together for the first time all season and combined for 37 points. North coach Darryll Craftr said they provided the team a jolt and provided quickness and athleticism to start the game, as he’d watched North squander leads in the past few games at the Keller Timber Creek-Fossil Ridge Tournament last week.

Despite North losing large leads and letting teams back into games late, North went 3-1 in that tournament, losing to Flower Mound Marcus 47-37.

But on Tuesday, North forced several turnovers by utilizing an aggressive full-court defense. Once North caused turnovers, Craft said his offense did a great job moving the ball for an open shot.

Collin Curran’s 22 points led the way for the Bulldogs. Jackson added 21 and Otubu 16. Jared Pearre notched 13 points.

The sign of a good team is being able to maintain and build upon leads in the fourth quarter, Craft said. And to do that, quality bench play is necessary. North played all 12 players on its roster in both the first and second half. Craft said while he has five to six bench players that have varsity experience, he is looking for bench players that come in and “maintain what we’re trying to accomplish.”

North (7-1) started quickly, going on a 22-4 run to end the first quarter with a 33-13 lead. The Bulldogs continued their barrage on Little Elm in the second quarter, building their lead to 66-25 going into the half.

North outscored Little Elm 41-26 in the second half.

Despite his team’s strong play, Craft said he wants to see better focus and the ability to carry momentum into the fourth quarter, especially with North’s first 13-4A District game scheduled for Dec. 17.

North will take hardwood again Dec. 5 against Richardson High in Prosper. It will be part of the McKinney North-Prosper Tournament, with a scheduled tip-off set for noon that day.

Photos by Kellie Anfosso

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