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Thursday, January 22, 2009

DROPPIN' IN TWO: Dustin Ray shoots a jumper in Salem's victory over Cushman. Photo/Mullins
It didn't take the Salem Greyhounds long to send the Cushman Bulldogs packing in the first round of the annual Izard County Invitational Tournament Jan. 17 at the Cougars' Den in Brockwell.

It was all Salem, all the time, as the Greyhounds routed Cushman 72-33.

The fourth-seeded squad from Salem put the game away early in the first period.

Shane Smith (21 points) hit a jumper for the Hounds' first hoop of the game, followed in quick order by a 3-ball from J.W. Blevins (12 points) and back-to-back buckets in the paint from Clint Pleasant (six points), giving Salem a fast 9-1 advantage.

Cushman, the tourney's number five seed, got its first field goal of the game at the 4:05 mark, making the score 9-3, Salem.

And that's about as close as the Bulldogs got the rest of the contest.

Dustin Ray (five points) nailed a trey, Dallas Holt (six points) chipped in with a hoop and free throw and Blevins drilled his second triple of the first period, pushing Salem on top 20-4 after the first period of play ended.

To keep Cushman off balance, the Hounds reeled off the first 11 points of the second to up Salem's cushion to 31-4.

The Bulldogs did stitch together a couple of hoops midway into the second, but Salem hit the gas pedal and finished the stanza on an 11-2 run to take a huge 44-14 lead to intermission.

Cushman had better luck in the third, as Salem just outscored the Bulldogs 13-10, but the Hounds still held a commanding 57-24 lead after three and rolled to a 39-point victory in the first round of the tournament.

Brandon Godfrey tallied eight points for Salem, while Carson York added six. Shane McNeace finished with three points, while Steven Eubanks and Jeremy Lance had two points apiece. Michael Beck ended the evening with one point for the Greyhounds.

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