Hayden's Murphy Smartt powers through De Beque's Dwight Berner on Saturday as the Tigers beat up on the Dragons. Hayden scored 33 first-quarter points on the way to an 80-50 victory.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Hayden's Murphy Smartt powers through De Beque's Dwight Berner on Saturday as the Tigers beat up on the Dragons. Hayden scored 33 first-quarter points on the way to an 80-50 victory.

Hayden nets big victory, 80-50

Tigers earn 33-10 lead against Dragons in 1st quarter Saturday

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Hayden boys basketball, 2008-09

Game statistics

HAYDEN 80, DE BEQUE 50

Hayden: 33-21-19-7-80

De Beque: 10-8-19-13-50

Hayden - Fulton 4 0-2 8, Medvesk 6 0-0 14, J.Engle 3 0-1 6, Zehner 5 0-0 11, Z.Engle 5 0-0 10, Williams 3 2-2 9, Branstetter 1 0-0 3, Barnes 3 1-4 7, Valdez 1 0-0 2. Totals 31 3-10 80.

De Beque - Du.Berner 1 4-6 6, Dw.Berner 10 4-4 20, Palmer 0 2-2 2, James 3 0-0 6, Herrman 2 1-5 5, Powel 1 0-0 3.

3-pointers: Hayden (5) - Medvesk 2, Zehner, Williams, Branstetter. De Beque (6) - Dw.Berner 5, Powel.

— Hayden boys basketball coach Mike Luppes has said his team needs to learn to play with a consistent spark.

Saturday, in a home game against De Beque, the Tigers played with a little more than a spark. Try a bonfire. Hayden High School rolled over De Beque for an 80-50 win.

"We needed one like that," Luppes said, smiling wide after the game. "We've come out like that before, but this time we were able to maintain it. That was the key."

There wasn't much doubt as to the outcome of the game, even in the opening minutes. De Beque actually did well to keep the deficit to 30 points. After the first quarter, it looked as though Hayden might lead by twice that at halftime.

The Tigers roared to a 33-10 first-quarter lead.

Hayden's Billy Zehner caught fire along with the rest of his team, scoring all 11 of his points in the gigantic first quarter.

"We came out fired up. We needed a win in this game," Zehner said. "That's by far the best quarter we've had."

Murphy Smartt added six in the first eight minutes on his way to 10 points.

Graig Medvesk scored 12 to lead Hayden in a game in which it had 10 different players help on the scoreboard.

"We came out and played very, very well," Luppes said. "We pressed well, and we shot well. A lot of that was because we were getting really good shots."

Hayden already was cruising in the first quarter when Zehner hit a 3-point shot to put his team up, 28-8. Senior Jeremy Engle hit another moments later and scored again before the end of the quarter.

Ben Fulton, who finished with eight points, scored twice to start the second quarter and Medvesk scored on three consecutive possessions, twice with layups and once from 3-point range.

The flurry of fast-break points buried De Beque so deep, it had no chance at emerging to contend in the second half.

"We played intense D in the first half. We came out and beat everyone up," Zehner said.

The Dragons played better in the final two quarters. Junior Dwight Berner led all scorers with 20 points and proved particularly effective in the second half. In all, he finished with five 3-point shots.

That was only enough to stem the tide. Hayden's largest lead came when Medvesk scored late in the second quarter to make it 54-15.

Both teams added 19 points in the third quarter, and De Beque outscored Hayden by six in the fourth. The Tigers still had plenty of points for a massive victory.

"It was great to see the consistency," Luppes said. "We've started some games well and finished some games well, but we did a much better job of playing all the way through."

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