PLAINVIEW – The Dumas Demons had a tough time on the court against a powered offense on Thursday night, Feb. 18, in Plainview. The Matadors of Lubbock Estacado jumped to a 43-24 half-time lead over the Demons and never relinquished the hold on their way to a 89-48 victory over Dumas.
The Demons had missed opportunities for scoring and the defense struggled to keep the Matadors off the board as they shot a little better than 50 percent from the floor to Demons' 36 percent. Lubbock Estacado also made 12-of-14 shots from the line for an 86 percent shooting average, while the Demons made just 69 percent of free throw shots.
Lubbock Estacado 17 26 22 24 – 89
Dumas 5 19 7 17 – 48
Cristian Kelso led the scoring for the Demons with 15 points, while Johnny Reynaga had 10. Brayden Boggs-Rushing and Evan Hernandez each had nine points in the game for the Demons.
Cristian Kelso – 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists; Johnny Reynaga – 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Brayden Boggs-Rushing – 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists; Evan Hernandez – 9 points, 2 rebounds; Issac Ortiz – 3 points, 1 assist; Nathan Gomez – 2 points; Victor Chavez – 4 rebounds; Jerry Rodriguez – 1 assist
The Demons finish 16-11 with the playoff loss and a district record of 5-6.
Head Boys Basketball Coach Randy Ray said this year's varsity squad was a special group. He had a very complimentary team, and he's not losing anyone to graduation, which means everyone should be back next year.
"And that's a good problem to have," Ray said. "It's good knowing that everybody is going to repeat this process, repeat this system for at least another year. … We haven't been as deep here in the past as we are this year, and as we will be this next year as well."
Ray continues to look forward to the growth of the program. The future still looks bright for Dumas Demon basketball.