The Mathews High School boys’ basketball team had a tough opponent for Friday’s regular season opener—the defending Class 1A state champion Lancaster Red Devils.
While the Blue Devils weren’t intimidated by their opponent’s reputation, Lancaster dominated the game on its home court, winning by an 89-51 margin. The junior varsity boys also fell to Lancaster, 51-22.
Mathews stated out strong at the opening tip-off. An early layup from Landon Green and a three-pointer from Christian Williams propelled the Blue Devils to an 8-3 lead. Mathews began to slow down as the first-game adrenaline faded, while the Red Devils continued to run. Mathews struggled offensively after the initial surge, and the early lead was quickly erased.
The Blue Devils began the second quarter in a 17-point hole, trailing 29-12. The team continued to struggle in the second quarter, suffering from a large volume of turnovers and an inability to rebound with consistency. At hal...
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