VHS Blows Past Hernando In Season-opening rout

Derek McCray, of The Villages High School, drives the ball down the court as Hernando High School’s Lavarus Bates defends during Monday’s game.

Moments before tipoff Monday night, Colt McDowell gathered The Villages High School boys basketball team and told them to take all of the season-opening contest against Hernando in.

It was a message received loud and clear by the Buffalo, who vowed to their head coach not to take anything — or any one game — for granted in a potentially volatile 2020-21 campaign.

The Villages made the most of its first regular-season opportunity on the hardwood, dominating throughout an 81-29 victory over Hernando before a 50% capacity crowd inside the VHS Athletic Center.

Senior guard Nasir Mann tallied 21 points — one of eight Buffalo to score six points or more — while VHS forced

24 turnovers defensively in the opener.

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