Complete effort leads Dayton over Yerington
DAYTON – Dayton High basketball coach Jason Santos pulled Marcos Macias aside at a recent practice and told his forward-center that he wanted him to be more aggressive.
The talk apparently got through.
Macias, who led the Dust Devils with 16 points and 12 rebounds, keyed a fourth-quarter surge that sparked Dayton to a 66-43 victory over Yerington Monday afternoon in a Northern 3A boys basketball game.
Dayton improved to 2-0 in league play and 7-1 heading into Wednesday’s game at Truckee.
“Macias was aggressive tonight, and that’s what I want to see from him,” Santos said.
“Coach told me to come out aggressive and confident,” Macias said. “Dylan (Taylor) can’t be the only guy scoring in double figures.”
Taylor did lead Dayton with 17 points and Kage Walker scored 11. The Dayton trio scored 44 points, one more than Yerington’s entire team.
Taylor gave the Dust Devils some nice momentum with a first half-ending 3-pointer to make it 31-22. Macias took over with three buckets in a 13-2 run bridging the third and fourth quarters, which gave Dayton a 41-24 lead midway through the third quarter.
“We were fired up (after talking in the locker room) and we took it from there,” Macias said.
Six straight points by Curtis Stubblefield cut Dayton’s lead to 52-35 seconds into the fourth quarter. After misfiring on its next three possessions, Dayton went on a 9-0 run for a 61-37 lead.
Macias started the surge with two straight baskets. After Yerington misfired, the ball got kicked out to Walker, who dropped in his only 3-pointer of the game. Eddie Morales completed the surge with his only basket of the game.
Dayton led Yerington 22-17 with approximately six minutes left in the first half, but a 6-2 run made it 28-19 with 3:11 left. Dayton maintained that nine-point edge into the half.
Dayton outrebounded Yerington 47-34 and held the Lions to 32 percent shooting from the field. It was evident that Dayton’s length, especially Macias and Tim Ply (7 points, 9 rebounds), bothered Yerington.
“It’s the best we’ve looked all year, on both sides of the ball,” Santos said. “Everybody was more aggressive offensively. We put in a four-out and one-in motion offense, and it’s going well. It gives us dribble penetration.
“We have a lot of length. We’re not very physical which gets us in trouble. We have problems against teams like Truckee and Lowry because they have beefier guys.”
Dayton held Yerington’sAaron Crowl to just four points on 2-for-11 shooting.
Stubblefield led the Lions with 16 points and Taren Williams contributed nine.