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Cardinals move to 15-7 with blowout win over Bullfrogs

Evan Grice
Springer’s Cory Leu drives the baseline during the second half Thursday night against Mill Creek at Walker Gymnasium in Springer.

SPRINGER — Thursday night was all about welcome returns for the Springer Cardinals.
 

Not only was guard Malik Brown back in action, but another welcome face returned to the bench as senior Tristan Amaya made his first appearance after successful knee surgery this past Monday to repair a torn ACL.
 

The sparks proved to ignite an offensive firestorm for the Cardinals, who coasted to a comfortable 80-57 victory over the Mill Creek Bullfrogs, moving them to 15-7 on the season, and giving them their second victory this week.
 

A competitive first quarter saw Mill Creek keep it close with the Cardinals, as both teams traded the lead throughout the first eight minutes.
 

Springer managed to hold a slim 15-14 lead going to the second quarter.
 

At the 6:15 mark before halftime, the game was even at 17-17, before the Cardinals finished the first half strong with a 22-8 run to lead 39-25 going to the break.
 

Mill Creek though came out strong in the third quarter as the Bullfrogs got to within seven points at 39-32 at the 5:51 mark of the third.
 

But once again, the Cardinals showed they know how to finish a quarter strong as Springer went on a 22-9 run to lead 61-41 going to the fourth quarter.
 

Both teams put up big points in the last frame as Springer outscored Mill Creek 19-16 down the stretch.
 

Mickey Hunnicutt led Springer with 27 points followed by Malik Brown with 21 points and Cory Leu with 20 points.
 

Regan Benn added seven points in the game for Springer.
 

Springer is back at home Tuesday night taking on Thackerville beginning at 8 p.m.