It took a few minutes for the Summerville High School boys' basketball team to really start smoking under the watchful eye of the two new scoreboards hanging in Summerville gym, but once the Bears found the range they had little trouble in dismissing the Denair Coyotes 80-45 in Tuolumne.
After both teams combined to miss the game's first 12 shots, Denair's Gavin Jones broke in the scoreboards nearly halfway through the first quarter with a layup for a 2-0 lead.
The Coyotes (2-3) managed to up their lead to 7-4 before the Bears (5-2) began to blaze.
Over the final 2:42 of the period, Joe Sanders knocked down seven points (including one 3-pointer) and Quint Gerber and Cody Munsel added a trey apiece for a 13-0 Summerville run that gave the Bears a 17-7 lead.
Sanders (24 points, six rebounds) and Munsel capped off the run when Munsel stole the ball and lobbed a soft pass to Sanders downcourt, who proceeded to posterize a Denair player with a vicious, one-handed slam as the quarter ended.
Sanders' aerial show continued early in the second quarter when he swept in from the left side, taking a perfectly-placed alley-oop pass from Gerber (nine points, 10 assists, three steals) and threw down another highlight-reel dunk.
This time, however, Sanders was given a technical-foul for taunting, which helped spark a 6-0 Denair run that cut Summerville's lead to 19-13 with 5:37 remaining in the half.
The Coyotes got within five points of the lead at 25-20 with 2:30 left in the second quarter before Summerville pushed its lead back to double-digits with a 8-2 run to close the half.
Summerville continued to pull away in the third quarter with a 20-10 scoring edge in the period as Munsel scored six of his 13 points and grabbed four of his game-high 10 rebounds.
"There was a little too much one-on-one going on out there in the first half," Summerville coach Marlen Ronten said. "We played with good intensity throughout, but we worked better together in the second half and started running and push ing the ball, which is our style."
With Summerville's reserves, led by Zac Doster (eight points, three steals), scoring 18 points in the fourth quarter, Summerville turned its 21-point lead into a 35-point blowout.
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