Defense sparks Dragons' victory

SALEM -- The Dallas varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a 68-58 nonleague road win at McKay of Salem on Wednesday, Nov. 30.



SALEM -- The Dallas varsity boys basketball team opened its season with a 68-58 nonleague road win at McKay of Salem on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The victory also served as the first at Dallas for first-year Dragons head coach Jim Boutin.

Boutin emphasizes a strong, aggressive man-to-man defense that keyed the victory, as the Dragons struggled some on offense and shot only 35 percent from the field.

"We played very good defense and made it difficult for them to run their offense," said Boutin. "They (McKay) made some 3-point field goals early, but we made the necessary adjustments to slow them down a bit."

According to Boutin, the keys to the game were the Dragons' "tenacity on defense and offense, even though we didn't shoot the ball well."

Senior forward Kyle Schmidt led the Dragons with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting and added six made free throws. He also hit one of Dallas' two 3-pointers.

Senior post Brady McKinley chipped in 18 points and was 8 for 10 from the free-throw line.

Boutin also noted the play of 6-3 senior point guard Landon Hattan, who scored 11 points but added steady floor leadership on both ends of the court.

Boutin said McKay was a strong team and that the 5A Dragons were playing up a classification by taking on the 6A Scots on their home floor.



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