Jr. Pirates cruise past Dermott
Jerelle Binns scored 12 points Thursday, November 12, to help Drew Central's junior high team to a season-opening 47-26 win over Dermott.
Caleb Eubanks added six points, all of them coming in the first quarter. The Jr. Pirates (2-0) fell behind 2-0 after some confusion as to which basket each team should be facing, which led to a wide-open bucket for the Rams.
Drew Central scored the next seven points and didn't trail again. The score was 16-7 in the second quarter when the Jr. Pirates began to pull away, closing the first half on an 8-3 run.
Binns scored eight points in the third quarter as Drew Central outscored Dermott 15-3 to lead 39-13 entering the fourth. The Rams went more than 10 minutes without a point, a drought that began late in the first half.
Dermott held a 13-8 advantage in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late.
Sam Durden and Jerald Binns each scored five points for Drew Central.
First-year coach Larry Harris said the Jr. Pirates have an abundance of depth that allows them to play an up-tempo style. Drew Central's 2-2-1 press wreaked havoc on the Rams most of the night.
"We started a little sloppy at the beginning. We were pressing, but we weren't executing like I wanted," Harris said. "We went in and had a talk at halftime, and they came out and ran it to my standards of what I expect for a first game."
More than half of Harris' players only recently joined the team after the completion of the Jr. high football season, but their inherent chemistry was on display in the opener.
So was their belief in what Harris is trying to accomplish.
"I told them, 'If you believe in the system and believe in what we're trying to do, then we can do something special here,'" he said.
The teams met again Monday, November 16, at Dermott, with the Jr. Pirates winning 54-27. Drew Central's seventh-grade girls won 13-10, while the seventh-grade boys lost 27-12.
The Jr. Pirates were scheduled to travel to Warren with the senior high teams Friday, November 20, but the games were canceled due to a conflict with state football playoffs.
The Drew Central Jr. boys are next scheduled to play at 5 p.m. Monday, November 23, at Crossett.