By Brian Besch
In a battle of Bulldogs, Corrigan-Camden was able to secure an 88-74 victory over New Waverly Tuesday night on the north side of Polk County.
Coach Greg Devers’ running and gunning group pressed and hit long range jumpers to win their third game in as many tries. Victories over Wells and Garrison had margins of just under 40 each, making New Waverly the toughest challenge to date.
New Waverly held a 22-17 lead after the first quarter, but Corrigan would explode for 27 points in the second to go up 44-37 at the half.
“We are still kind of jelling right now,” Devers said. “This is just our third game. We had 10 players last year and I have five that came back. I am trying to get them into a rotation, because I don’t think we are in shape right now, even though we scored 88. We gave up 74, but New Waverly attacked with the ball inside and they had the height advantage tonight. We had some key players come back, but my bench is inexperienced right now. My big boys have got to start picking it up inside.”
As with most teams that utilize the press, many of Corrigan’s points came off turnovers. However, there are plenty of shooters that were on display in Tuesday’s win. A total of 16 3-pointers were made, with all coming from Tony Cooper, Brodgrick Price, Talan Gulley and Michael Kenney.
“I don’t know how many threes we hit, but we hit a bunch,” Devers said. “We are shooting the ball well. In the first two games, we shot over 33% from the 3-point line and we’ve taken a lot. Once the press gets together, I think we are going to be pretty good. I think we are better shooters this year than we were last year. I’ve got a couple of kids that aren’t hitting right now. Tony has been averaging 35.5 (points) a game.”
Just as they did in the first half, Corgan hit 8 3-pointers in the second. They were outscored in the third quarter by a point, but pulled away from a tired New Waverly team in the final period.
Cooper led all scores with 29 points. The total allowed the senior to surpass 1,000 points in his time as a Bulldog. Kenney had 25 points, Price scored 16, and Gulley had 15. For New Waverly, Brayden Stevenson had 20 points, Alec Ripkowski 19, Zane Sykes 13 and Randell Lewis 11.
“We’ve got some big games coming up and we’ve got a tough schedule,” the coach said. “We’ve got Kountze, Tatum and Evadale. Then, I’ve got the Houston County tournament where there is two more ranked teams. We will play a tougher schedule, but hopefully that will prepare us for the playoffs.”