Devils crush Miller 65-32

Published 9:28 am Monday, December 6, 2010

After slipping into a four-game losing skid, the Escambia County Blue Devils bounced back on Tuesday night to crush the T.R. Miller Tigers 65-32 at Escambia County High School.

The Blue Devils (2-4, 0-0) dominated on both ends of the court against Miller winning every quarter in the 35-point rout.

Blue Devils head coach Anthony Hayes said his team bounced back and played well against a well-coached opponent.

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“Anytime you can get a win it’s a plus,” Hayes said. “Coach (Ronald) Jackson is a great coach and always has his guys playing good, hard defense.”

Atmore opened the game by winning the tipoff and poured on the points as they jumped out to a 17-5 lead over the Tigers in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Blue Devils continued to add points and shut down Miller’s offense as they outscored them 19-5 and carried the lead into halftime ahead 36-10.

After halftime, ECHS kept burying the Tigers as they dropped 13 more points on them and limited Miller to 10 taking the lead into the fourth quarter ahead 49-20.

The Blue Devils finished the final quarter by blasting Miller with 16 more points, while holding the Tigers to 12 to earn their second victory 65-32.

Hayes said his team was able to play several players and better their game.

“There are certain areas that our team will continue to work to improve at,” he said. “We had a chance to play a lot of guys tonight, and as a coach that’s a good feeling. One game at a time is our message and our approach.”

Blue Devil Fred Knight led ECHS scorers with 18 points. He also shot 3-for-6 from the free throw line.

Hayes said Knight played a hard game on offense and defense.

“Fred is a guy that we need to show up in each and every game,” he said. “He played hard on both ends of the court for us and helped us earn a win.”

DeMarcus McMillian also put up a strong performance netting 14 points, while shooting a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe against the Tigers.

Also having strong nights at the free throw line were Tocorian Brown and Andrew Rogers. Brown scored nine points and shot 5-for-6 from the line, while Rogers hit 3-of-6 free throws and scored seven points.

Also scoring for the Blue Devils were Rico Stallworth and Peter Myers with four points each and Marshall Rolin, Dalvin Craft and Daejon Burrous with three points each.

Not playing for the Blue Devils was leading scorer C.J. Pierce due to an injury.

Hayes said Pierce could have played, but he thought it was better to rest his guard.

“C.J. did not play against Miller due to a bruised hip,” he said. “We wanted him to get some rest and heal up.”

The Blue Devils next game is today in the Hub City Classic. Time to TBA.

Blue Devils guard Tocorian Brown puts up a layup, while a T.R. Miller Tiger attempts to block his shot Tuesday evening.|Photo by Chandler Myers