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MCDERMITT – The New England Patriots found out what poor defense will do to a team’s hope of winning a ballgame.

Tom Brady’s 505 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions could not overcome the Patriots’ D allowing 41 points to the Eagles in the Super Bowl.

The Carlin boys basketball team found out that a beast-mode game of 36 points, 25 rebounds, four steals and two blocks from senior Makai Haub was not enough when the defense gave up 60 points in the first half Friday to McDermitt.

On pace for a buck-20, the Bulldogs hung a ridiculous 31 points on the Railroaders in the first quarter.

McDermitt kept the throttle forward and cashed another 29 points in the second period – turning the game into a running clock before intermission.

At halftime, Carlin trailed by 35 at 60-25.

The Railroaders outscored the Bulldogs 23-18 in the second half, falling by 30 with a final score of 78-48.

Haub earned just 12 points of support from his teammates – his production tripling the rest of the roster.

Junior John Henderson scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Railroaders, junior John Gamble notching four points and nearing double-digit boards with nine – grabbing a game-best six steals.

Sophomore Ben Draunidalo led the Bulldogs with 28 points, adding six rebounds and grabbing three steals.

McDermitt senior Cauy Crutcher buried three 3s and finished with 21 points, topping the roster with nine assists and five steals, also notching a swat.

Senior Diego Navarro poured in 18 points for the Bulldogs, jerking down a team-best nine rebounds and adding four assists and a block.

Senior Duane Masters and junior Bruno Rincon wreaked havoc on defense, each making four steals for McDermitt.

CARLIN 13 12 15 8 48 Total

MCDERMITT 31 29 13 5 78 Total

Carlin is now mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, dropping to 1-7 in the league play of the Division 1A Northern-East.

The Railroaders will close the season with a road game at 7 p.m. Friday against winless Wells – which served as Carlin’s lone win in league play – and the season will come to a close against Jackpot (8-0) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday for the Railroaders on senior day in Carlin.


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