Leading by just three points at halftime against South Bend Monday, the Montesano High School boys basketball team looked like a different team in the second half.
After scoring 24 points in the first half, the Bulldogs exploded for 25 points in the third quarter alone on their way to a 64-40 win over the Indians.
“I’m excited about how the kids played,” coach Doug Galloway said. “They worked their tails off and that is the thing I’m most excited about. They played a lot better in the second half from the first half and that is what we are looking for. We are trying to get better every day and we did. We got better today.”
The first-year coach said he felt the Bulldogs were worried more about running the plays they had worked to learn in practice than to relax and just play basketball. Montesano relaxed in the second half and never looked back.
“I think the kids just started to relax a little bit,” Galloway said. “A play is just there to put people on the same page and if you see something open they should take it. We talked about a few things at halftime, about how we thought we could get better and the kids did a great job of executing.”
Montesano trailed 13-9 at the end of the first quarter, but the Bulldogs played better and better as the game went on, scoring 15 in the second quarter before taking over in the second half.
Senior Kenny Roy helped fuel the effort in the third quarter with 13 points.
“We just started playing more as a team and having more confidence in ourselves,” Roy said. “I was getting good looks. Good ball movement and my teammates were finding me in the paint.”
While Galloway was happy with how the Bulldogs played, he said the win is just the first step on a long journey that he hopes ends in a trip to Yakima for the state tournament.
“It is a great W right off the bat no doubt about it,” Galloway said. “It is a great first step. As coaches always say there are no ugly Ws and I thought we played pretty well. They didn’t give up. They got tired and kept their concentration. It is a good win for these kids.”