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At 14-5, things are looking bright for Bright’s Bunch heading into District 21-6A opener

December 18, 2018

Winners of nine of their last 11 basketball games, Deer Park’s varsity boys basketball team will be packing plenty of momentum when they open District 21-6A play Tuesday night at Channelview.

Excusing the 22-point hiccup in Texas City last Tuesday, Deer Park is 14-5 for the season for a reason and that reason needs to demonstrate itself from here on out.

“We’re away at Channelview and that’s a tough place to play. It’s going to be a good one. They’re very aggressive, very athletic. We’ve just got to handle their pressure,” Deer Park head coach Ryan Bright said Monday.

Unlike neighboring District 22-6A that will be playing 25 percent (four games) of its district games before the Christmas break, 21-6A will only be playing two contests.

Still, Deer Park’s first-year head coach doesn’t want to ring in the new year saddled with an 0-2 ledger, but rather a crisp, clean 2-0 mark.

“It’s really important to get these first two heading into the break because after that we’ve got North Shore. There’s some winnable games here that we need to win,” Bright said.

The highlight to the non-district campaign so far was the club defending its title at the Pride of Corpus Tournament Dec. 6-8 with a win over state-ranked Laredo Nixon, capping a 4-0 record. It marked the fourth straight year that the maroon and gold has competed in the title game.

Brad Milliorn was named MVP, while teammates Terry Anderson, Andrew Madrigal and Jacob Garcia were all honored with all-tournament accolades. Bright felt Tristan Wright was deserving of all-tournament honors as well.

As far as Channelview, the winning team will be the one that executes the best, blocks out on the boards the strongest and converts 75 percent or better of their free throws.

“We’ve watched some film on them. We’ve got a pretty good idea of what they’re going to do. I’m sure they have a pretty good idea of what we’re going to do,” Bright said.

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