The Dunham School boys basketball team completed a busy day with a 63-41 win over East Iberville as the round-robin Team Sportsplex Thanksgiving Tournament came to a close.
Earlier in the day, Dunham (4-0) picked up a 67-33 win over Hathaway. The two wins continued a solid start for the Tigers, who are implementing an up-tempo style of play.
“We have more athleticism, more length than we’ve had in the past, so we want to take advantage of that,” Dunham coach Jonathan Pixley said. “It gets a little sloppy right now because the guys that have been here aren’t used to that style of play.”
Against East Iberville, the style of play was good enough to force 24 turnovers. Dunham led 18-11 after the first quarter, and the closest EIHS could get after that was 36-29 early in the third quarter.
“We’re playing a lot of young guys, so its going to take a while to get where we want to get,” Pixley said. “We’re hoping that somewhere in January we’ll at least have an idea what we’re about.”
Dunham made eight 3-pointers, three by Jordan Wright who led the Tigers with 21 points. Eight players scored including Michael Williams and Tre Scott, who each had 10 points.
Sam Brimmer had 17 points to pace East Iberville.
Dunham made 5 of 6 field goal attempts to open the game. The start featured 3-pointers by Wright, Ty Spurlock and Tre Scott as Dunham took a 13-7 lead. The lead grew to 18-8 behind Salle Wilson’s 3-pointer and Wright’s steal and layup.
In the second quarter, three-point plays by Wilson, Scott and Williams helped Dunham surge to a 29-13 lead midway through the period. East Iberville went on a 9-3 run to get within 10 and went on to trail 34-26 at the half.
The teams combined to score only seven points through the first five minutes of the third quarter before things heated up. Sparked by six turnovers, Dunham closed the quarter with a 12-3 run, and led 50-33 entering the fourth.
“We are so young. I’m trying to deal with ninth-graders and one senior,” EIHS coach Doug Schultz said. “We’ve lost all our games so far, but we’re growing.
“Dunham played a great game. I thought we matched up pretty good in the first quarter, but after that it was over.”
The Dunham girls squad lost their afternoon matchup with East Iberville 40-36, but bounced back later in the day. Dunham (3-3) won its evening game 40-34 over Springfield behind nine points apiece from Michiko Jackson and Malaya Spears.
Dunham led 28-19 at the half, but Springfield Kiarra Westbrooks scored six points as the Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 9-2 in the third to tie the game.
In the fourth, Springfield led by two points three times, the last at 34-32 with two minutes to play. Spears was fouled making a turnaround jumper and then made the free throw to give Dunham the lead.
Jackson, Kelsey Day and Summer Whittington combined to make 5 of 6 free throws to provide the final margin.
Springfield’s Sarah Simeon led all scorers with 12 points.