The state ranked Mexico Bulldogs boys basketball team defeated the Marshall Owls 68-38 Tuesday in a North Central Missouri Conference game. The Bulldogs outscored the Owls 18-11 in the first quarter but picked up the intensity on the defensive end in the second quarter and outscored Marshall 20-4 with a halftime lead 38-15.
Jake Willer lead all scorers for the Bulldogs with 29 points, followed by Jon Anderson with 17, Jake Anderson with 8, Skylar Harrington with 6 and Cole Jaramillo and Jaeon Nunnelly with 4 points each.
Coach Brennan Scanlon was pleased with the offensive execution and the defensive pressure the Bulldogs displayed in the game.
Jon Anderson had 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocked shots; Jake Anderson had 6 RBs, 3 steals, 1 assist, 2 block shots; Harrington had 2 assists and 2 steals; Jaramillo, had 4 steals, 2 RBs, and 1 assist; Jaeon Nunnelly had 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 RBs; and Matt Ridgway had 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 RB.
The Bulldogs 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference open at home next Tuesday against Kirksville.
The junior varsity also came home with a win in its season opener at Marshall Tuesday night with a 68-34 victory over the Owls.
"It was a great way to start our JV season. We really pressured them on defense and it led to several easy buckets. Once we got the lead it seemed like our confidence started to build. I hope we can carry that over to the next game," state Bulldog coach Tyler Hudson.
The Bulldogs came out aggressive and at the end of the first quarter the score was 24-4 and at halftime it was 49-10 Mexico.
Mexico had two players in double figures: James Norton had 18 and Di'Milo Nunnelly, 11. Also contributing to the win were: Wesley Oetting, 8Ps, Malik Holman, 7Ps, Brady Jacobi, 7Ps, Kamden, 5Ps, Markail Williams, 5Ps, 10RBs, 5 blocks, Tyler Bracht, 1P, 5 assists, 3 RBs, Richard Stamy, Sam Hobbs and Sam Lee, 2Ps each.
Mexico (1-0) plays again next Tuesday at home against Kirksville.