Fort boys get off to solid start

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Fort Defiance’s Brendan Crowe tries to drive the ball past Buffalo Gap’s Zach Thompson during a basketball game played in Fort Defiance on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014.

Fort Defiance closed the first half with a 7-0 run to take a 14-point halftime lead, and the Indians controlled play the rest of the way to defeat the Buffalo Gap Bison 58-31 on Thursday night in boys’ basketball.

The game was the first of the season for the Indians, and veteran head coach Larry Leonard was pleased with the overall effort.

“We got our feet wet and we had a couple of spurts where I thought we looked pretty good,” Leonard said. “That’s why you play the games, you indentify the things you need to improve and you work to get better every day.”

Both teams struggled early as the score was tied 2-2 after the first four minutes of play. Fort’s Will Henderson went to the offensive glass and scored two buckets, and Brendan Crowe knocked down a 3-pointer for a 9-2 lead. Gap’s Nick Rodeffer answered with the final five points of the quarter by hitting a long 3-pointer and adding a driving layup to pull Gap to within two, 9-7, after one quarter.

Gap’s Zach Thompson scored after grabbing an offensive rebound to the score at 9-9, but Fort answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead for good.

Parker Glenn drained a 15-footer and Henderson converted a three-point play, giving Fort a 14-9 lead. Crowe scored from 15-feet and Joshua Clifton added a bucket in transition, making the margin 18-9.

After Gap’s Tristan Anderson scored on a turnaround jumper, the Indians got out in transition and scored the final seven points of the first half to lead by 14 points at the break. Lane McAllister hit 1 of 2 foul shots to start the run and then the junior forward finished a fast-break opportunity by throwing down a one-handed dunk, making the score 21-11. Glenn scored after an offensive rebound and Atlee Hanger scored a layup in transition to send the Indians to the locker room with a 25-11 advantage.

Any thoughts of a Gap comeback were ended in the third period as Fort outscored the Bison 21-10. Glenn scored seven points in the quarter Clifton added five as the Indians pulled away.

Fort put three players in double figures with Glenn leading the way 13 points. Crowe and Henderson each scored 12 for the Indians.

Rodeffer and Thompson scored nine apiece to lead the Bison. Gap is now 0-2 on the season.

“Parker had a nice offensive game and Brendan had a solid all-around game. I also thought Will Henderson did some good things in the post area for us tonight,” Leonard said.

Fort held off a late Bison rally to win the junior varsity contest, 39-36.

BUFFALO GAP (31) — Coffey 0 0-1 0, Long 1 0-0 2, Peters 0 1-2 1, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Rodeffer 4 0-0 9, Thompson 3 3-5 9, Kiser 2 0-0 4, Hoke, Sandridge, Hodge, Smiley, TOTALS 12 6-10 31.

FORT DEFIANCE (58) — B.Crowe 5 0-0 12, Clifton 4 1-2 9, Cox 1 0-0 2, Hanger 1 0-0 2, Glenn 6 1-3 13, Fauber 1 0-0 2, Henderson 4 4-5 12, McAllister 2 2-6 6, J.Crowe, Lackey, Simmons, Strother, TOTALS 24 8-16 58.

BUFFALO GAP

7

4

10

10

31

FORT DEFIANCE

9

16

21

12

58

Fort Defiance’s Brendan Crowe tries to drive the ball past Buffalo Gap’s Zach Thompson during their game Thursday in Fort Defiance.

Fort Defiance’s Brendan Crowe tries to drive the ball past Buffalo Gap’s Zach Thompson during their game Thursday in Fort Defiance.

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