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Posted On: 12/2/17 9:01 AM
What an opening night it was at Woodward High School Friday night. After being down as much as 13 in the first quarter, the Bulldogs fought back behind seniors Terry Durham and Demontez “Kane” Cooper to beat Hughes 71-64. Big Red came out on fire pushing the pace in transition and getting easy looks in the paint in the half-court, which helped them take a commanding 18-5 lead at one point.
The 2nd quarter is where Woodward started to turn the tide using ball-pressure which resulted in someone other than Giovanni Santiago (#33 c/o ’18) for Hughes handling the ball. The Bulldogs also established Durham in the paint around this time as well, with the big fella either scoring or getting to the line. Winning the 2nd and 3rd quarters 35-21 all but sealed the comeback for the Bulldogs, even though Santiago single-handily kept Big Red in the game. For Woodward, Durham (#88 c/o ’18) paced Woodward with 33 points and 15 rebounds while Cooper (#180 c/o ’18) finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds and assist. Santiago lead Hughes with 33 points of his own while senior backcourt mate Dwayne Rosado added 14.
Five Takeaways/Hughes vs. Woodward