Dallas basketball team splits first two games

The Dragons open their 2000-01 campaign with a win at McKay but then loss at home to McNary.

DALLAS -- Dallas' boys basketball team dropped to 1-1 on the season Dec. 1 with a 78-64 loss to McNary at home.

The Celtics jumped to a 19-11 first-quarter lead and were on top 38-29 at halftime. The Dragons outscored McNary 45-40 but couldn't quite close the gap.

"We were out-hustled and out-executed from the beginning," Dallas head coach Ryan Skogstad said. "McNary was in midseason form while we are still trying to find our roles and indentities. We committed too many turnovers and rushed too many shots. They were patient. We weren't.

Tyler Steinke paced the Dragons with 16 points. Jeff Dunn added 13 points and seven rebounds. Travis Johnson had 11 points and three assists. Andy Pederson chipped in eight points, and Steven Kahl had seven points and six rebounds.

McNary shot 56 percent from the field compared to 36 percent for Dallas, which had 24 turnovers.

The Dragons opened the season Nov. 28 with a 65-48 victory at McKay. Dallas led 47-40 after three quarters and limited the Royal Scots to eight fourth-quarter points.

Dunn poured through a team-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Steinke had 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Johnson and Jared Smith notched eight points apiece, and Pederson and Aaron Davies played well of the bench when Dallas got into early foul trouble.

"It was a good first victory," Skogstad said. "But the jitters were apparent with 17 missed free throws and about 10 missed lay-ins."

Junior varsity update: The Dragons lost to McKay 68-67 Nov. 28 in what was a close struggle throughout. Andy Pederson scored a team-high 21 points, and Tyler Lankheet added 18. Chris Charlton accounted for 16 points, and Ethan Pelky and Tyler Allen also plaed well.


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