DUMAS — The Dumas Bobcats rallied from an 11-point first half deficit with a 24-6 run in the third period and topped former 8-4A Conference rival Dollarway, 66-54, in the Cardinals’ season opener Tuesday night.
Coach Johnny Hendrix’s Bobcats, who won at England on Monday night, 39-37, improved to 2-0.
Dollarway’s man defense and pressure helped the Cards to an early 7-2 lead before Dumas rallied for a 9-9 tie after one period.
Forced and unforced errowrs helped the Cards build a 29-18 lead on a pair of free throws by LaMarcus Hawkins with 2:30 left in the first half before baskets by James Spinks and Demarias Freeman cut the deficit to 31-23 at the break.
The Bobcats simply took over in the third period behind Freeman, Dontarius Stovall and Johnny Gibson, dominating inside to take their first lead at 35-33 with a 12-2 run, then building a 64-50 lead inside the final minute. Dumas led 47-37 after three and the closest the Cards could get was 53-48 before an 11-2 Dumas run put the game out of reach.
Dontarius Stovall led Dumas with 18 points and Demarian Freeman added 15, while Dollarway was led by Davonne Chapman’s 22 points and Hawkins’ 14.
Dumas won the girls game, 52-21, blanking Dollarway in the first period, 16-0, and allowing just a point in the final quarter, shortened by the AAA sportsmanship rule.
The Ladycats (3-2), who won at England the previous night, 54-48, were led by Mona’ Mitchell, who scored 23 points, and Whitney Henderson, who scored 11. Akeeva Howard had 9 points to lead the Lady Cardinals.