The Mexico Bulldogs once again showed why they are state ranked (by the Missouri coaches poll) when they hosted the Kirksville Tigers Tuesday night and came away with a 20-point decision – 62-42. The Bulldogs are undefeated overall for the season and in conference play.
The Bulldogs came out hitting baskets and outscoring the Tigers early in the game. They outscored the Tigers 14-4 in the first quarter, 21-8 in the second to take a commanding lead at the half 35-12, then coasted in the second half of the game.
Coach Brennan Scanlon was pleased with the offensive execution and the defensive pressure in the first two quarters, as the Bulldogs allowed only 12 points in the first half. However, he stated the team must continue to finish the game for four quarters with that defensive pressure and defensive rebounding. "We set the tone early and want to be consistent with that effort throughout the game" he stated. Overall, the kids are playing hard and doing a great job executing in the half court and making good decisions in transition.
Jon Anderson led the Bulldogs with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block; followed by Jake Willier with 14 points, 1 rebound 4 assists and 1 steal. Jake Anderson scored 8 points, had 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 4 blocked shots. Cole Jaramillo scored 8 points; Skylar Harrington had 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal; Matt Ridgway scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 1 block, and Jaeon Nunnelly scored 2 points, had 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 rebound.
SCORES BY QUARTER:
The Bulldogs 6-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play travel to Hannibal Friday for another NCMC game at 7 p.m.
The Mexico junior varsity beat Kirksville 70-54 at home Tuesday night. The Bulldogs led in all four quarters.
Mexico High Scorers:
Leading the way for the Bulldogs were: James Norton, 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals; D'Milo Nunnelly, 13 pints, 5 rebounds, 4 steals; Kamden Ekern, 9 points, 6 rebounds; Markail Williams, 7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks; Tyler Bracht, 7 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Wesley Oetting, 2 points, 4 rebounds; Malik Holman, 2 points, 3 assists, 1 steal; and Brady Jacobi, 2 points and 4 rebounds.
"We played really good on offense for all four quarters. Our transition defense and our defensive rebounding need to get better if we want to continue to win games," remarked MHS coach Tyler Hudson.
The Bulldogs (2-0) play against Friday at Hannibal at 6 p.m.