ALEX — It may be early days for Alex basketball, but they could be in for a flyer of a season to follow up their football campaign if this start is any sign of the long-term.
The Longhorns jumped out to a 2-0 start by demolishing county rivals Rush Springs 76-42 on Tuesday. Shaedon Castor led the team in points with 20, while Daton Payne was close behind with 18 points.
Alex made quick work of jumping out in front. They led 14-2 about midway through the first quarter and ended it up 21-8. Point guard Shaedon Castor was behind much of the work, with quick drives inside to put up eight points in the opening frame.
Dalton Payne followed his lead in the second quarter. In just one minute, Payne’s work on the left flank resulted in eight points – two buckets from three-point range and a softly finished layup – as the Longhorns piled on the points. Hunter Trusty and Jace Jones were busy trying their best to keep the Redskins in the game. Trusty’s work down low had him leading the team with eight points by halftime to go with seven from Jones; but Alex kept going, and by the break they were ahead 46-26 with no sign of slowing down.
The second half began a lot like the first. The Longhorns put together a 10-0 run in the opening minutes, putting Rush Springs immediately on the back foot. Trusty tried to keep up for the Redskins, and was perhaps the bright spot, along with Jones, on an otherwise cloudy evening with 10 points. Jones led the team with 15 points, while Tanner Dennis added seven.