On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Dumas Demons grabbed another win on the court as the varsity squad hosted Spearman and defeated them in a thriller 54-52. It was a tight-knit game throughout the matchup, but Dumas managed to pull ahead late and squeeze a victory a home to improve to 15-7 on the year.
Head coach Randy Ray said it has been a long time since they have won 15 games. He is proud of the work ethic of his players.
"This is the first time we've won 15 games since, I believe, the 70s," Ray said. "I think we're 11-3 now with all of our football guys."
The football players have added another dimension to the varsity basketball team and has helped the Demons shape the season into what it currently is.
"Our guys are grinders," he said. "I told our guys … games aren't won on game day. They're won in the offseason. They're won year around through the summer strength and conditioning, from the success we had in football, bringing those guys to our sport. Success breeds success."
They have put a lot of work into the season, just as in all the sports programs throughout the athletic department at Dumas High School.
He thanked and praised the other coach. Spearman played hard as well and the game was close throughout the action.
"They fought. They played hard," Ray said. "This is one of those games, … I felt for Spearman. I really did. It's a game that could've gone either way. It is what it is. I'm happy that the ball kind of rolled in our favor there at the end."
Spearman 12 12 19 9 – 52
Dumas 13 11 19 11 – 54
FG 20/49 (41%)
3PT 4/10 (40%)
FT 10/17 (59%)
Aiden Venzor – 16 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists; Johnny Reynaga – 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists; Brayden Boggs-Rushing – 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Devyn Hutcherson – 9 points, 2 rebounds; Cristian Kelso – 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Kyle Stroebel – 3 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists; Colton Johnson – 6 rebounds; Dylan Cortez – 1 assist
Dumas has a road contest with the Sanford-Fritch Eagles on Friday, Jan. 10. They return home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for a matchup with Stratford.
"We're gelling at the right time," he said. "We've competed really, really well. All of our guys are bought in. They're on the same page. We try to take it one game at a time."
The team is stepping in the right direction at this point as they prepare to start district on Friday, Jan. 17, in a home contest with Dalhart.
The JV squad dropped a close one to Spearman on Tuesday. Dumas led through most of the game and by the end of the third period, the score was tied at 25. Spearman pulled away late in the game and won 41-32.
The JV will travel with the varsity to Sanford-Fritch and then host Stratford, before beginning district play with Dalhart.