Lahnert: 29 at home and counting: Buffs blow out Cameron

Only 12 seconds had expired in West Texas A&M’s Lone Star Conference home game against Cameron on Saturday and the message was sent.

 

The Buffs were going to move their school-record home winning streak at the First United Bank Center to 29 games and two years in length.

What happened on the Buffs first play of this game that would end in a 93-59 rout by the No. 11 Buffs was senior guard David Chavlovich sending a perfect pass off the dribble inside to junior Ryan Quaid for an easy two points.

When Cameron players looked up at the gorgeous new scoreboard in the FUB and the clock read 10 minutes to play in the first half, they also looked at score reading: West Texas 29, Cameron 7.

This was a no doubter for WT from the get-go.

Cameron fell behind 12-3 less than five minutes in watching Chavlovich and Gach Gach bury 3-pointers and never put WT in a stressful situation with the Buffs leading 51-23 at halftime.

These Buffs are good. Really good.

Even cautious West Texas A&M head coach Tom Brown, who did mention the Buffs players might be doing a little running Monday for losing the turnover stat 18-17, was impressed with his teams’ high octane first half.

Brown saw his Runnin’ Buffs hold Cameron to 8-of-30 shooting in the first half, a sickly 26.7 percentage, while WT put up 21 3-pointers (making eight which was one more point that Cameron scored) and went 18-of-38 from the floor for a very solid 47.4 percentage.

“I know Cameron missed a few easy shots there in the first half to help us out,” said Brown, his team moving to 14-1 overall. “But I’m not sure if that first half would have been any different regardless who was the opponent out there. I thought we moved the ball, beat them to their spots and played good defense for the most part, and were able to hit our shots. We kind of tore them up.”

That’s pretty much an understatement as Brown emptied his bench for a 6-7 minutes of playing time in the second half.

The crazy thing is, star guard Chavlovich who leads the LSC in scoring finished with five points. Adding to the crazy is star forward Quaid who scored the games’ first two points finished with nine points, six below his average.

“If you’d had told me David and Ryan would have finished with 14 combined points before the game started I’d say David would have been whistled for a couple of technicals and had to sit out, and Ryan was sick,” Brown said. “No, really we have a lot of good players and David and Ryan will be the first to tell you that.”

Yes, these Buffs are good. Really good.

Senior Jordan Evans led the scoring way with 23 points in 25 minutes canning 6-of-11 3-pointers.

Freshman post player Gaige Prim has proven he caught on to the Buffs system early as his 18 minutes of play was highly productive coming up with double-double scoring 17 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and going 11-fo-14 from the line.

Joining Evans and Prim in double figures was Gach - the guy with the coolest name on the team with both his first and last name being Gach - with 16 points.

Gach had been struggling with his shooting. He was seen in the gym by himself at 11:30 p.m. last Thursday night after the Buffs beat Midwestern State throwing up shot after shot. Gach was 4-of-6 from 3-point land and hustled his way to a pair of early offensive rebounds.

“That’s it,” Evans said of Gach in the gym alone. “We are all here to do whatever it takes to help this team win. It’s a special team.”

Rarely are LSC games over at halftime.

But this was the case Saturday because these Buffs are good. Really good.

West Texas A&M 93, Cameron 59

Cameron (4-10, 1-5): JV Long 3-9 2-2 8, Cole Lehr 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Dumas 0-5 4-4 4, Jalen Nicholas 1- 2-2 4,

Tyler Williams 4-8 2-2 11, Jordan Lewis 1-4 0-0 2, Chris Royal 1-3 3-4 5, Johann Tate 3-8 0-0 8, Delano Jones 3-7 1-1 9, Tyus Momoh 3-15 2-2 8. Totals: 19-65 16-17 59.

West Texas A&M (14-1, 4-1): David Chavlovich 1-8 2-4 5, Jordan Evans 7-12 3-4 23, Jordan Collins 1-6 2-2 5,

Gach Gach 6-8 0-0 16, Ryan Quaid 4-6 0-0 9, Drew Evans 2-4 4-4 8, CJ Jennings 2-8 1-2 5, Rylan Gerber 1-2 0-0 3,

Gaige Prim 3-5 11-14 17, Wyatt Wheatly 0-1 1-1 1, Sterling White 0-0 1-2 1. Totals: 27-60 25-33 93.

Cameron;23;36;—;59

West Texas A&M;51;42;—;93

3-point goals: Cameron 5-20 (Long 0-1, Dumas 0-3, Williams 1-2, Lewis 0-2, Tate 2-4, Jones 2-4, Momoh 0-4); West Texas 14-37 (Chavlovich 1-4, Evans 6-11, Collins 1-5, Gach 4-6, Quaid 1-2, Evans 0-1, Jennings 0-5, Gerber 1-2, Wheatley 0-1). Rebounds: Cameron 32 (Long 5, Nicholas 5); West Texas 51 (Quaid 10, Prim 10). Assists: Cameron 7 (Momoh 2, Long 2, Williams 2), West Texas 19 (Chavlovich 4, Jennings 4). Total fouls: Cameron 24, West Texas 20. Fouled out: None. Technicals: None. Officials: Yaiwan Gatewood, Jonathon Berrettni, Jason Smith. Attendance: 885

West Texas 93, Cameron 59

Records: West Texas A&M improves to 14-1 overall, 4-1 in the Lone Star Conference. Cameron falls to 5-10, 1-5.

Impact: West Texas A&M wins its school-record 29th consecutive game at home.

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