Playoff-bound Buckaroos scorch nets before cutting them down in home finale
Three seniors were in the starting lineup as the Breckenridge Bucks closed out the regular season with a crushing 80-27 victory over the visiting Merkel Badgers.
Lane Morris, Gerardo Duron and Alex Benitez played their final home game for the Bucks.
"Lane is our emotional leader," Bucks coach Rob Ogle said. "He gives us a physical presence and is an excellent defender."
"Alex is our sixth man," Ogle said. "He is an athletic post and a good rebounder. He gives us the ability to create mismatches."
"Gerardo is a very good shooter," Ogle added. "He has provided a spark to the team in some critical games this year."
Merkel held a 10-6 lead after the Badger's Baylor Mullins hit consecutive 3-pointers.
Breckenridge answered with back-to-back 3's from junior guard Caleb Spoon that started a 24-0 run.
The Bucks closed out the first quarter with an overwhelming 30-10 lead.
Morris scored Breckenridge's first five points of the second quarter as the Bucks coasted into the half with a 39-18 advantage.
Junior guard Rigo Gallegos and Spoon each totaled 10 points in the opening half. Morris tacked on nine first-half points.
The Bucks led 55-26 after three quarters.
Freshman Mateo Ramirez scored 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks rolled to a season sweep of the Badgers.
Gallegos led the team in scoring with 17 points as four Bucks reached double figures.
Morris and Spoon each chipped in 13 points. Sophomore guard Anthony Ramirez and Duron added six points apiece.
Junior Clay Boaz and sophomore Alain Franco contributed four points apiece while Benitez had two points.
Boaz grabbed nine rebounds to lead the team.
Morris pulled down eight rebounds while Anthony Ramirez had seven.
Gallegos totaled six boards. Franco collected five rebounds while Spoon and Mateo Ramirez had four.
Benitez finished with three rebounds and Duron had one rebound.
Anthony Ramirez led the team with eight assists and five steals.
The Bucks will take on Grandview in a playoff warmup at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in Glen Rose.
The Bucks received a bye and will play the winner of Jim Ned vs. Alpine/Reagan County on Friday, Feb. 22. Place and time is yet to be determined.