DON HARDIN BOYS SMALL SCHOOL SHOOTOUT: West cruises past East, 92-67

LEFT: May’s Kelton Mote (right) battles for a rebound against defensive MVP Brock Demere of Water Valley during Friday night’s Don Hardin Small School Shootout. RIGHT: Blanket’s Tyler Martinez (6) pulls up for a jumper over Grant McLain of Channing.

ZEPHYR — The West All-Stars flirted with the century mark as they dominated throughout their 92-67 victory over the East Friday night at the second annual Small School Shootout, part of the Don Hardin Texas Bowl weekend.

Knotted at 6 three minutes into the contest, the West squad finished the 10-minute opening period on a 20-3 run to open a 26-9 edge by start of the second quarter. The East squad was plagued by an 0 of 6 start from the free throw line and converted only 16 of 35 attempts at the charity stripe all night. The West drained 11 of 21 free throws, but sank 9 of 11 in the first half.

Facing a 17-point deficit after one quarter, the East tallied the first seven points of the second period, but never fully recovered or reduced the deficit to less than 10 points again.

The West carried a 46-27 edge into halftime, which grew to 66-49 at the end of the third period. The largest deficit the East faced was 30 points, 92-62, with 2:55 remaining in the contest.

Offensive MVP Conner Copley of Water Valley led the West with 18 points followed by 17 from Bryce Westbrook of Douglass, 12 from defensive MVP Brock Demere of Water Valley, 10 from Brandon Flores of Meadow, nine from Dustin Shepard of Follett, eight from Grant McLain of Channing, seven each from Cutter Smith of Eula and Trae Hannon of Water Valley and four points by Juan Luis Banuelos of Petersburg.

May’s Kelton Mote and Blanket’s Tyler Martinez helped comprise the East squad and finished with seven and three points, respectively. Jordan Valez of Spur generated a team-best 17 points while other contributors included Calvert’s Anthony Jones and Anton’s Zach Matthews with seven points apiece, Braden Wethington of Nazareth with six, Bernabe Isaac Mercado of Spur with five, Sam Miller of Garden City with four and Zach Carter of Knox City and Jerad Staggs of Sands with three points apiece.

Steve Howard, head coach at May, led with the East squad with assistance from Craig Steele.