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Basketball: Hughes at Woodward

By Lannis Timmons

Friday night, December 1, at the Doghouse before a sold out gym, Woodward came away with a 71-64 victory, as both teams open up their seasons.

It wasn’t looking good for the Bulldogs as the Big Red jumped out fast, as they opened up a 13 point lead early in the first quarter as Giovanni Santiago, Dwayne Rosado, and Shawn Hawkins led the way as they continued to put pressure on Woodward’s defense.

Woodward’s point guard Demontez Cooper kept the Bulldogs close enough by scoring 10 points in the first quarter. When Shawn Hawkins got his second foul early in the first quarter that took away Hughes’s inside scoring.

But what really hurt Hughes was Woodward’s Terry Durham’s 33 points and 15 rebounds. Durham struggled early in the game as the senior was trying too hard and missing shots early, shots that he started making in the second quarter and continued it in the second half.

Hughes went into the second quarter up 27-18, but you could feel the momentum turning as the Bulldogs defense tightened up, and they started getting the ball on the block to Durham. Terry shot 24 free throws for the game letting you know he was a load in the paint.

The Bulldogs cut into the Big Red lead during the second quarter as Durham, Cooper, and Dionte Mcbride brought the Bulldogs back within 2 points, as they went into halftime down 36-34, with Cooper scoring 17 points in the first half.

As the third quarter started, the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run as Cooper hit a 3 pointer, and with Durham scoring on the block. Before you knew it, the Bulldogs had the lead 39-36. Then, Hughes’ Santiago and Rosado combined for 12 points to help the Big Red stay close, but the Bulldogs led by 5 at the end of the third quarter 53-48.

As the fourth quarter started, the Big Red came smoking, as they put together a run of their own by tying the score 56-56. After that, both teams kept going back and forth with neither team going up no more than 2 points.

With 2:35 Hughes took the lead 64-63. But with 1:56 left in the game, the Bulldogs took the lead for good at 65-64, as Terry Durham was a man among young men as the senior scored the Bulldogs’ last 6 point.

Woodward’s win was very special Friday night, because it was Jarelle Redden’s first game as a varsity head coach, and he did a great job of keeping his poise when Hughes took the lead late in the game. But again, it was Terry Durham’s 33 points and 15 rebounds that led the way for the Bulldogs, and Demontez Cooper’s 21 points 5 assists, and 5 rebounds that got the Bulldogs the victory.

But the effort senior Giovanni Santiago’s 33 points and 7 assists, along with Dwayne Rosado’s 14 points, gave the Hughes Big Red fans something to feel good about.

This should be a good game the next time they meet.

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