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The Mexico Bulldogs clinched the NCMC Title with a 55-31 win over the Hannibal Pirates on Tuesday night on the Gary Filbert Court at Mexico High School. The victory improves the Bulldogs record to 21-3 and a perfect 11-0 in the NCMC.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start but senior Jaeon Nunnelly came off the bench in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs a boost along with sophomore guard Skylar Harrington. Both guards picked up the intensity on the defensive end and allowed the Bulldogs some transition buckets. The Bulldogs led after the first quarter 12-7.
Cole Jaramillo heated up in the second quarter from the three-point line and Jake Anderson hit the boards for a couple second chance baskets to give the Bulldogs a halftime advantage of 25-15.
The Bulldogs made some defensive adjustments at halftime and Jake Willer heated up in the third quarter and Jon Anderson and Matt Ridgway gave the Bulldogs a boost on the glass as the Bulldogs outscored the Pirates 15-9 in the third quarter and 15-7 in the fourth quarter.
Coach Brennan Scanlon was pleased with how the Bulldogs were able to overcome the slow start but put together a total team effort to secure the 24-point victory.
"This team is willing to do whatever it takes to win basketball games. On any given night someone steps up when we need them to give us a boost through a difficult segment of a quarter. I am extremely proud of this team and what they have accomplished this season," said the MHS coach.
The NCMC was a goal that the team set at the beginning of the season. "We are now focusing on one game at a time as we enter a very challenging District Basketball Tournament," added Scanlon. Cole Jaramillo led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points, Jake Willer 11 points.
The Mexico Bulldogs will entertain the Fulton Hornets on Friday night on the Gary Filbert Court. This will be Senior Night for Jake Anderson, Jon Anderson, Jaeon Nunnelly, Matt Ridgway, and Jake Willer.
The Senior Night festivities will be between the Varsity Girls and Varsity Boys Games. The JV Boys will play in Gooch Gym at 6 p.m. while Varsity Girls will play on the Gary Filbert Court at 6 p.m. Senior Night is for Varsity Cheerleaders, Winter Guard, Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball players. Followed by JV Girls in Gooch Gym and Varsity Boys on the Gary Filbert Court.
Mexico: 12-13-15-15
Hannibal: 7-8-9-7
Cole Jaramillo: 14P, 2RB.
Jake Willer: 11P, 2RB, 1 assist, 3 steals.
Jake Anderson: 8P, 11RB, 1assist, 3 blocks.
Jaeon Nunnelly: 6P, 2 steals, 1RB.
Jon Anderson: 4P, 5RB, 3 steals, 2 assists, 1 block.
Matt Ridgway: 5P, 5RB, 4 steals, 2 aAssists.
Skylar Harrington: 3P, 1 assist, 3 steals, 1 block.
Kamden Ekern: 4P, 2RB.
Demilo Nunnelly: 1RB.
Tyler Bracht: 1 assist.