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Derby sends Buffaloes to 1-3

DERBY — Derby boys coach Ryan Herrs didn't know the exact number of offensive rebounds the Panthers gave up Saturday night against Southeast. But he knew it was enough to irk him.

Told that Southeast outrebounded Derby 19-5 on the offensive boards, Herrs shook his head.

"That's ridiculous. That's embarrassing," he said. "If you give us 10, 11 of those things, it's a different ballgame."

While Derby defeated Southeast 50-40, Herrs was not happy.

"The first half especially, I was sick to my stomach with how we executed," said Herrs, whose team was 8 of 20 from the floor and committed 10 turnovers in the half. "I felt that we gave them a lot of easy baskets and didn't take advantage of the opportunities that they gave us... mentally we were on a hiatus sometimes."

Leading 22-21 at the half, Derby (2-0) recovered after the break, shooting 10 of 18 from the floor and forcing nine second-half turnovers.

Southeast cut into Derby's double-digit lead early in the fourth. But after the Panthers went on a 6-2 run, capped by Cameron Cornelius' fastbreak dunk with 2:47 remaining for the 45-36 lead, Derby went into a stall.

Cornelius finished with a game-high 14 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

Southeast (1-3) has had a rough start. The Buffaloes only scored fewer than 60 twice last season and had two games in the 90s.

This was their third sub-60-point game.

"I don't have the athletes, that's why," Southeast coach Carl Taylor said. "You've got to have the athletes to score. You've got to know the game of basketball. We're a work in progress. We have a long ways to go."

Southeast shot 17 of 53 (32.1 percent) from the floor, missed all seven three-point attempts and was 6 of 20 (30 percent) from the free-throw line.

"We had open shots. We just didn't put it in," Taylor said. "That's experience. You have to have experience to play at the level that we play with."

Sophomore Gavin Thurman, who averaged 22.5 points in the Buffaloes' first two games, was 3 of 16 from the floor. He finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

"It's not just him," Taylor said. "Kevin (Gunter) struggled. Gary (Thurman) struggled. It ain't just Gavin."

Gunter, a sophomore, finished with seven rebounds and six points on 3-of-5 shooting, while Gary Thurman, a senior, had four points on 2-of-10 shooting.

Senior Joseph Randle fouled out with five points.

Southeast junior Hayden Harris scored a team-high 13 points off the bench and had nine rebounds.

Southeast (1-3) 9 12 6 13— 40 Derby (2-0) 12 10 15 13— 50

SOUTHEAST: Randle 2 1-5 5, Gunter 3 0-0 6, Gavin Thurman 3 2-4 8, Gary Thurman 2 0-0 4, Williams 0 0-1 0, Harris 5 3-7 13, Brooks 0 0-2 0, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Reed 1 0-1 2. Totals 17 6-20 16 40.

DERBY: Cornelius 5 3-7 14, Richardson 2 5-6 9, Cornejo 0 0-0 0, Tucker 2 1-2 5, Z. Steadman 3 1-2 9, Hockenberry 0 0-0 0, Davis 3 0-0 6, Granger 1 0-0 2, Harrison 1 0-0 2, K. Steadman 1 0-0 2, Roman 0 1-2 1. Totals 18 (3) 11-19 18 50.

Southeast girls 49, Derby 39 — For the first 21 minutes, the Southeast girls struggled to take care of the ball, committing 18 turnovers and shooting 11 of 26 from the floor.

But with 2:37 remaining in the third and Southeast trailing 35-26, the Buffaloes started a 16-0 run that spanned eight minutes.

Southeast junior Jamillah Bonner, who was 5 of 20 from the floor, scored a team-high 16 points and had 10 steals, seven rebounds. Jamisha Bonner had 11 rebounds.

Kristin Gurley led Derby with 19 points, and Jaden Prewitt had eight rebounds.

Southeast (2-2) 11 9 14 15—49 Derby (1-1) 9 16 10 4 —39

SOUTHEAST: Clark 2 0-0 4, Jamillah Bonner 5-20, 5-5 16, Garnes 5 1-6 11, Thompson 3 2-4 8, Broadus 0 0-2 0, Maxwell 2 0-2 4, Jamisha Bonner 3 0-0 6. Totals 20 (1) 8-19 25 49.

DERBY: Hilt 0 0-2 0, Gurley 5 7-8 19, Liebst 2 0-0 4, Tullis 1 1-4 3, Smith 1 2-2 4, Jimenez 1 1-3 3, Prewitt 1 2-6 4, Vorderstrasse 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 (2) 13-25 18 39.

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