The hoop must have looked a mile wide for the Central DeWitt boys basketball team during the first half of Friday’s WaMaC clash with Independence.
The Sabers made exactly two-thirds of their shot attempts during the first half, including an 8-of-11 start, to jump out to a big 44-21 halftime lead.
Central cruised from there, picking up its largest win of the young season, 67-44, over the Mustangs.
The Sabers attempted the game’s first shot — a Henry Bloom three-pointer — and made it.
It turned out to be a common sight over the first two quarters.
The hosts broke things open early with nine straight points — Bloom knocked down another three and had five points during the run, while Alex McAleer and Kaiden Muhl also added hoops — to turn a 6-5 lead into a 15-5 advantage.
And the margin stayed at 10 for the rest of the quarter as the Sabers missed just three of their first 11 shots from the floor.
Another 9-0 push to start the second quarter, highlighted by a four-point play by McAleer, stretched the lead even more, and the Sabers led 38-16 midway through the stanza.
The Mustangs did cut the lead back to 18, but Bloom knocked down another three — his third of the half — and Ethan Pierce beat the halftime buzzer to give the Sabers their biggest lead at intermission.
The margin grew as large as 28 in the second half as Central finished a night where it shot 59.1 percent from the field.
McAleer led a trio of Sabers in double figures with 13 points, while both Bloom and Pierce both scored 11 points (it was a career-high for the latter), shooting a combined 8-of-10 from the field.
Tucker Kinney chipped in eight points and matched it with eight rebounds (the senior also dished out a team-high four assists), while Muhl had seven points and came up with five steals.