The Saginaw Rough Riders rode a hot-shooting first half to a 47-34 victory over Saginaw Chisholm Trail in a District 6-4A game at Chisholm Trail High School.
Chisholm Trail does not have any seniors on its roster, and the lack of experience showed up Tuesday night.
Saginaw (13-5, 8-2) jumped out to a 9-2 lead on the strength of 3-pointers by Tyler Flores and Arique Moss, but Chisholm Trail (11-11, 3-8) cut the lead to 12-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Rough Riders then went on an 18-2 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Flores, to give Saginaw its largest lead of the first half at 29-9 with 1:07 left in the second quarter.
“He can do that,” said Saginaw coach Brent Craft of Flores, who scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the first half. “The thing I’m proud about Tyler is that he’s also playing really well defensively.”
The Rough Riders, who sport eight seniors on their roster, led by as many as 23 with the latest being a 42-19 lead with 5:34 left in the game.
“We came out in the first half and shot the ball really, really well,” said Craft. “If we can shoot the ball like that, then we can play with anybody because defensively we’ve really come on the last three or four games.”
Chisholm Trail shot poorly for most of the game, but connected on three 3-pointers in the final three minutes. Malcolm Crayton led the Rangers with eight points.
“I think having a senior-laden ballclub really helps,” said Craft. “We’ve gone through some growing pains, but that experience really helps.”
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