Basketball: Slidell falls short against Avinger

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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The Slidell Greyhounds cut a 13-point deficit early in the second half to just two.

But the Greyhounds couldn’t get any closer as Avinger held them off for the 79-67 victory in the Class A Region III quarterfinal at Honey Grove High School Monday.

“We kept battling but two 6’4″ kids were a little too much for us,” said Slidell coach Todd McCormick. “Our kids played hard and fought hard.”

The loss ends Slidell’s season at 24-7 and wrapped up the careers of seniors Tyler Maynard and Khristian Talamantes.

Maynard poured in 35 points for the Greyhounds. He averaged 37.5 in the Greyhounds’ two playoff games.

Talamantes scored seven.

“It was a pretty successful year and the guys should be proud,” McCormick said. “We had different guys that stepped up and figured out their roles, including Khristian and Tyler. Every year, the kids’ roles have changed. Hopefully our younger kids are ready to step up.

“Tyler and Khristian helped get something started here. I had them for four years and they won 102 games.”

Slidell got off to a slow start Monday, falling behind 7-0. It trailed 14-10 after the first quarter.

Avinger held a 24-20 edge on Slidell midway through the second quarter. Avinger then went on a 16-7 run to build a 40-27 lead.

Slidell fought back, hitting four 3-pointers to start the second half as part of a 20-9 run that got it within two, 49-47, with 2:09 left in the third.

Slidell couldn’t continue the streak. Avinger mounted an 8-1 spurt of its own to end the third and take a 55-48 lead.

“We kept getting close and they’d make a run,” McCormick said.

Avinger added to its advantage in the fourth, outscoring Slidell 24-19. Avinger hit its free throws down the stretch as Slidell tried to extend the game and send it to the free-throw line.

Colton Crane joined Maynard in double figures for Slidell with 11.

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