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Lipan's Garrett Smith helped keep the Indians stay unbeaten, dropping 22 points during their district boys basketball 73-27 victory against De Leon Friday night. File photo, February 2021. 

Lipan stayed unbeaten at 20-0 after dispatching of district foe De Leon (9-14), 73-27, Friday night.

The Indians looked just as strong away from their home court as they do in Lipan — smothering a struggling Bearcats team with defensive intensity to set the tone of the game.

“The only points we allowed during the opening quarter was a shot at the buzzer,” said Lipan head coach Brent Gaylor. “Our defensive effort and intensity was very solid.”

The Indians exploded in the second frame outscoring De Leon 25-7. Lipan big man Reese Cook led the scoring with 8, and Garrett Smith (7) and Tripp Phillips (6) chipping in a combined 13 points.

Coach Gaylor was pleased with the win but pointed out his boys needed to keep their focus to finish periods.

“I didn’t like the way we executed after each quarter,” Gaylor said. “ We had the ball and didn’t secure the last possession of the first period and allowed them to go down and score. We also gave up baskets at the end of the second and third quarters.”

Smith led all scorers with 22, Phillips contributed 15 and Reese Cook dropped 10.

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