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Dalton Dismuke has averaged 17 points per game this season, but the Duncan junior isn’t concerned about his numbers.
He’s more concerned about what the Demon boys basketball team can do to win games. Dismuke said that trait runs through the entire team.
“It doesn’t matter who scores each night or whoever has a good matchup each night,” he said. “We do whatever it takes to win the game.
“It doesn’t matter if one of us scores 25 and another scores 10. We just got to find a way to win.”
Demon coach Ben Scott said Dismuke’s unselfishness makes him an asset.
“If I told him we’d do small ball because it would help us win, he’d do it,” Scott said. “Whatever he’s asked, he would do it to the best of his abililty and always being selfless about it.”
Scott added Dismuke has a good basketball IQ and observes the floor well.
“When we call a time out, or if the other team is coming up the floor, he’s trying to tell everyone what he sees,” the coach said.
Dismuke said he makes it a priority to be a leader on the floor.
“Because I’ve probably played longer than anybody else, I try to help them out on the court,” he said.
While Dismuke is a focal point of the offense, a role the junior enjoys because he likes “having that pressure on me,” he keeps the team aspect in mind.
“It’s not just one guy dong it all,” he said. “We all have to work hard to be successful.”
When he posts up, his work inside takes pressure off the guards and allows them opportunities, inside and outside, Dismuke said.
“We complement each other well,” he said.
Dismuke enjoys the team aspect of basketball, something he has loved since he started playing in the second grade. He added he enjoys the friendship of his teammates, which makes it more fun.
“We’re all good friends and that makes it even better,” Dismuke said. “You aren’t fighting all the time. It makes it fun to play every day.”
Scott said the junior’s leadership translates off the court.
“When we’re riding on the bus, he’ll sit next to a guy and talk to them, trying to get their head up,” the coach said.
Dismuke said he likes playing for Scott and believes the Demons have improved as they have learned the coach’s system. He expects the team will only get stronger in future seasons.
“We’ll know Coach Scott’s system well,” he said. “Our whole team is young and we’ll know how to play better with each other.”
Even though the Demons haven’t won many games this season, Dismuke said the players will learn well from them.
“The more hard times you go through, the more you will learn, and you are going to be more successful in the future,” Dismuke said.