On a misty, foggy night, one of Coahoma's own returned to Bulldog Gym for a bitter-sweet reunion. It was father vs. son as the O'Donnell Eagles came to town, coached by Blake Nichols, son of Coahoma's Coach Kim Nichols.
It was the first time the two men have met as coaches and this time, the Dad got the better of Son, as Coahoma defeated O'Donnell 64-50, spurred on by 34-point night by Tanner Ruiz. The Coahoma junior hit four 3-pointers to lead the Bulldogs to their second win of the young season.
Before the game, Blake Nichols talked about playing his father:
“I have a pretty good group of boys here and I like their chances,” the O'Donnell coach said. “I just hope the game doesn't come down to a coaches duel. I might be in trouble then.”
The game was a battle of two almost identical offensive strategies, as Eagles' coach showed where he learned the game, a little town called Coahoma.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead and by the end of the first quarter, had claimed a 15-10 lead. They would build on that lead in the second, outscoring O'Donnell 29-10 in the second frame and going into the locker rooms with a comfortable 44-20 lead.
“We jumped out on them early,” Coach Kim Nichols said. “But they have a good group of boys over there and they came out and played us really well in the second half.”
O'Donnell would outscore the Bulldogs in the third and fourth frames, but the lead was too much to overcome, as the final buzzer sounded with a 64-50 Coahoma win.
“Cage Miller played a great defensive game for us,” Coach Kim Nichols said. “He had three steals and was all over the court. Jacob Echavarria also had a good game, grabbing nine rebounds for us.”
O'Donnell (2-1) — Gardner 2, Barton 5, Hunter 10, Leyra 3, Vasquez 5, Gruben 13, Castillo 8, Garces 4.
Coahoma (2-0) — Cage Miller 3, Aaron Acevedo 9, Tanner Ruiz 34, Marco Molina 2, Shanen Warneke 2, Ryan Reid 2, Alex Hill 7, Jacob Echavarria 5.
Next game: Coahoma at Klondike, 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 29