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By Mike Motz 

Sidney Boys Breeze Past Mitchell 83-31

 

December 27, 2017

Mike Motz

Sidney senior Braydon Cortney attempts to haul in a pass during Sidney's 83-31 victory over Mitchell.

Sidney's boys basketball team made short work of the visiting Mitchell basketball squad in a lopsided 83-31 home contest on Thursday.

Sidney exploded with a 14-0 run to start the game and never looked back as the Red Raiders improved their overall record to 5-2 for the season.

Seemingly scoring at will and frustrating the visiting Tigers offense, Sidney built up an insurmountable 43-16 lead by the the half. At the start of the second half, Mitchell opened with two quick points, but the Red Raiders responded with an 8-0 run. Sidney's sharp offensive performance combined smart passing and creating high percentage shot opportunities. The Red Raiders defensive pressure overwhelmed the Tigers chances, forcing Mitchell into bad shots and turnovers.

Midway through the third period, Mitchell tried to capitalize on a fast break opportunity, but Sidney senior Jon Smith chased the play the entire length of the court and ended the scoring threat with a dramatic block of the attempted layup. After the play, Smith checked out and spent the rest of the game on the bench. By this time, he was the last Sidney starter to leave the game, with Sidney's substitutes leading the Red Raiders for the rest of the contest.

Sidney's substitutes continued the domination, playing smart defense and passing the ball well to create great shot opportunities. Junior Alex Jallen performed very well on both sides, taking good shots and applying defensive pressure.

The Red Raiders increased their lead and never let up. In the final minute of the contest, Sidney junior Carlos Lucero hit two three-point shots that put an exclamation point on a dominate performance by the Red Raiders.

Sidney hopes to keep the momentum going as they prepare for the Holiday Tournament at Sidney on December 28.

 

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