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Dalton boys cruise past Mustangs to open season

By Ariel Stahler

Gazette & News sports writer

Dalton High School’s boys varsity basketball team won their lid-lifter against visiting Tuslaw, 76-54, thanks, in part, to a huge game by Jalen Wenger. He finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Joey Dalessandro added 15 points in the win against the Mustangs. Adam Bidlack and Liam Riggenbach each totaled 11 points. Tyler Baer scored eight points. Chance Green contributed five points and Dillion Horst put up three points. Ezra Miller scored two points and pulled six boards. Jaiden Malone grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists.

Dalton’s first-year head coach Kaleb Reed was encouraged by his team’s play in the first game of the season.

“The kids came out and played hard,” he said. “We did a good job sharing the ball with 22 assists. We did struggle against their pressure in the second quarter, but the kids settled down and made the correct basketball plays in the second half.”

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