Multiple Teams · Palo Duro Dons return to area round

For the 14th time in the last 15 seasons, the Palo Duro Dons will head to the area round of the playoffs after a solid 89-65 bidistrict win over Abilene Cooper on Tuesday night at Lubbock Monterey.

15146897The Dons (24-3) and their trademark full court press gave

the Cougars (8-16) trouble all evening, leading to a 16-7 advantage in the first quarter that became 35-22 at halftime.

Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath dropped in a game-high 26 points to lead the Dons. He was joined in double figures by teammates Amarie White and Trevanh Fillmore, both of whom had 17 points.

Coach Jeff Evans said his team’s focus was a key factor in the win.

“We had a good spark in the first quarter and another in the third,” said Evans, “I thought the kids came out and had a great focus to get this win.”

The Dons will meet El Paso Andress at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Andrews in the area round of the playoffs.

Palo Duro 16 35 62 89

Abilene Cooper 7 22 39 65

PD— Ja’Qualyn Gilbreath 26, Amarie White 17, Trevanh Fillmore 17. AC—Boss 24, Robinson 13, Jones 10. Records: Palo Duro 24-3; Abilene Cooper 8-16.