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Hayden Dickson, 23, knocks down two of his game-high 24 points against Central High.

Ben Whitehead
The Duncan Banner

Bray-Doyle head coach Darian Dickson was pleased with the way his team came out of Christmas break. Bray-Doyle moved to the semi-finals of the Black Diamond Classic with a 77-16 win over the Central High Bronchos. Hayden Dickson scored 24 points to lead the Donkeys. Corbin Byford recorded another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in limited action.

Turnovers were the story of the game for the Bronchos. Central High had 31 turnovers on the night and never got into any offensive rhythm, scoring only six points in the first half.

Meanwhile, the Donkeys were not to be stopped on this night. Dickson started the game making just 1-of-4 from beyond the arc but finished by drilling his final four 3-pointers in the second half. He had 17 of his 24 points in the second half .

The Donkeys put the pressure on early and converted turnover after turnover into points. Nine players scored in the game for the Donkeys who will play in the semi-finals against Elmore-City Pernell Friday afternoon at 5:45 p.m.

“Coming out of the break, we showed real good intensity,” said Dickson. “We hadn’t played in two weeks and I was proud of the guys and their poise through the whole game.”

Dakota Ash had seven points to lead the Bronchos. Kyler Newton and Jeremy Russell each added four.

Broncho coach Jason Heidebrecht said he felt his team took a step back with this game. Even though the Bronchos seemingly played well, Heidebrecht said it was hard to see because the size advantage the Donkeys had.

“I thought we played well on defense, but you couldn’t tell when they were able to get rebounds over our guys and put shots back,” he said. “We forgot where the basket was and were out-manned tonight. I just wish we would have taken care of the ball when we had it.”

Central High will take on Apache at 5:45 p.m. Thursday with the winner advancing to the consolation game Saturday.

Logan Mayes scored 14 points to complement Dickson and Byford. Coach Dickson said the next two games of the tournament will be worth the price of admission.

“These last four teams in the winner’s bracket are very good teams,” he said. “Elmore City will be a very good matchup for us and win, lose or draw, the next game will be just as good.

“I told the kids before tonight that we didn’t want to run up the score, we just wanted to get better. If we can play with poise, discipline, take care of the ball and rebound like we did tonight, you’ll see some very good games out of us.”

- Ben Whitehead is a sports writer for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 255-5354, Ext. 165, or via e-mail at ben.whitehead@duncanbanner.com.

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