After struggling to find the mark in the first half Monday, the Slidell Greyhounds honed in on the basket in the third quarter, hitting nine of their 16 attempts.
The Greyhounds’ hot shooting touch in the third quarter paved the way for a 58-39 win over Era in their home opener.
Leading by one at halftime, Slidell went on a 25-9 run in the third frame. Guard Tyler Maynard poured in 12 of his 18 points in the third.
Scott Bingham hit one of his three three-pointers at the buzzer in the third to give Slidell a 45-28 lead.
Slidell continued to pull away in the final frame, taking a 22-point lead, 56-34, on Bingham’s final three-pointer with 2:10 left. Bingham scored 11 off the bench.
Trent Garrett also finished with 11 for the Greyhounds, while battling inside against Era’s forwards Avery Fortenberry and Madison Pearce.
Fortenberry posted a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds. He had 10 boards on the offensive end.
Era outrebounded Slidell 45-38.
The Greyhounds made up for their shortfalls on the boards with their defense. Slidell forced 27 turnovers.
Slidell started the game cold from the field, hitting only eight of its 32 attempts in the first half. The Greyhounds were only 1-for-13 from beyond the three-point arc in the first half.
Despite their shooting, the Greyhounds led 14-8 after the first quarter.