FORT RUCKER Ala. -- Daleville 2 raced to an early 12-point lead and kept the Fort Rucker Bulls at bay with great rebounding en route to a 36-11 win in youth basketball action Feb. 11.

Daleville 2's offense caught fire early as Christian Amos took the opening tip in for a layup. Amos notched 4 more points in the first quarter, helping his squad build a 12-0 first-quarter lead.

The Bulls did not rebound well early, limiting their second-chance points opportunities. In the first quarter, Daleville 2 out rebounded Fort Rucker 20-5.

The Bulls finally cracked the scoreboard with back-to-back baskets from Christopher Perry in the first minute and 20 seconds of the second quarter. After a basket from teammate Gabe Loscano, Amos added 4 more points to give Daleville 2 a 16-4 halftime lead.

A quick 10-0 spurt at the beginning of the third quarter pushed the game out of the Bulls' reach. Fort Rucker managed to cut the lead to 30-9 by the quarter's end, but Daleville 2 outscored the Bulls 6-2 in the final quarter.

Daleville 2 head coach Scott Ruddock attributed the win to a more experienced team.

"We've got a lot of returning players. We've got an older team," he said.

Bulls head coach Leroy Minus echoed the sentiment but mentioned his team could have played better.

"It was a tough game. They have pretty tall kids, pretty experienced kids. We could've played a little better defense," Minus said.

Perry led Fort Rucker with 7 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Jones and Benjamin Clubb contributed 2 points each.

Amos led Daleville with 16 points. Tyler Aquino added 8 points and 14 rebounds, while Kristina Amos contributed 4 points and 14 rebounds.

With the loss, the Bulls ended the regular season at 3-7.

Minus said the team improved throughout the year, especially in teamwork.

For some Bulls players, the basketball season did not end with the Feb. 11 game because Fort Rucker fields an all-star team later this month. Perry, Clubb, Jones, Cole Vonsik, Brandon Brooks and Josiah Berry represent the Bulls on the team.

Raekwon Benders, Jayla Dawkins, Marcus Allen, Shaelyn Prickett, Chase Thomas and Jebulyn Thompson from the Fort Rucker Celtics complete the all-star squad. The all-star tournament will occur in Ozark at a time to be announced.

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