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Dufur defense smothers Culver

The swarming pressure defense of the Dufur Rangers completely took Culver off their game, and led to easy baskets and a big scoring edge for a 66-35 win Friday in boy’s hoops play at Dufur High School.

All Dufur needed was the opening eight minutes to gain control of this matchup, as it worked a 27-4 run.

“Our kids came out tonight and were relentless,” said Dufur coach Tony White. “They flew around and they were all over the ball. You could tell from the get-go that it was game on, business as usual. It was actually a well-executed press.”

After the first quarter, White called off the dogs and played a more conventional defense with some good results.

Dufur outscored Culver 17-14 in the second frame for a 44-18 lead, and with the score 53-27, the squad managed a 13-8 total in the fourth quarter for the 31-point victory.

Bryson Caldwell led the Rangers with 14 points, and Jake Kortge notched 12 points. Bailey Keever had 11 points to his register and Caleb Morris was good for 10 points to cap the double-digit scorers.

In all, the Rangers sank 31 field goals and posted a 2 for 7 split from the charity stripe.

“I was really pleased with their effort,” White said. “I hope that we can keep working to get better and make it so we can get two or three quarters like that instead of one.”

Dufur (2-0 overall) is in Lyle for another tough test at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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