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Desert Oasis boys top Basic in season opener

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If the Desert Oasis High boys basketball team was nervous before its first game of the season, it sure didn’t show.

After junior Kenny Lewis’ quick bucket against Basic to open Wednesday’s game, the Diamondbacks turned their 14-5 opening quarter into a 56-44 win over the host Wolves.

Kenny Lewis finished the game with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Diamondbacks were also by led junior Cameron Mich’l, with 19 points, including a breakaway dunk in the third quarter, and junior guard Anthony Lianzo with 13 points.

“I think Kenny did very well for us, especially on the offensive boards in the first half with offensive rebounds that kept us on top, “ Desert Oasis coach Bill Evans said. “I think we came out fairly relaxed, though it seemed like we tightened up at times.

“With this being our first game and this being (Basic’s) fourth, I really have to give our guys credit because (the Wolves) played a little more calmly than we did. We took some bad shots and definitely had some first-game jitters.”

The Wolves were led by senior guard Kyle Taitano with14 points, including two three-pointers in the third quarter. Kevin Bayes added eight for Basic.

This Friday, the Diamondbacks will travel to Southern Utah to take on Enterprise High.

“For this trip, we’re going to need to be much more patient on offense,” Evans said. “We didn’t do bad job defensively tonight, but we didn’t run the offense well and we’re going to need to do a much better job of that the next time we play.”

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