For the first time since 2007, the Slidell Greyhounds left the floor Monday as victors in a playoff game.
Behind 28 points from Isaac Davis and 27 from Colton Perkins, the Greyhounds shot down Dodd City 75-48 in the Class A Division II Region III bi-district game at S&S High School gym in Sadler.
“It’s a big win for them. The kids are excited and have been working for this,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “They won this game last summer and spring with all their work. It paid off. They should be proud of that.”
With the victory, Slidell (26-7) moves on to play Avinger in the area round. No time or date has been set for the game.
“They have a couple of good shooters and pressure the ball,” McCormick said. “It should be a good game with two good teams.”
Against Dodd City, the Greyhounds broke the game open with an 18-7 run in the second quarter to take a 40-23 halftime lead.
McCormick said Khristian Talamantes and Perkins hit some big shots early to loosen up the Dodd City defense and allow Davis room to operate.
“Khristian hit a 3 and made a drive early,” McCormick said. “Perkins hit five 3s. Isaac then got going in the second quarter.
“We also played better on defense and scored some in transition.”
Slidell continued to pull away in the third, outscoring Dodd City 17-8 and building a 57-31 lead.
McCormick said Tyler Maynard was aggressive running the offense. He also offered praise to freshman Walker Gladden for his work inside.
“He played good on their big kid,” McCormick said.