Deering jumped out to a big early lead and went on to beat Thornton Academy 77-55 in an SMAA boys’ basketball game Tuesday night at Deering.

The Rams bounced back from an opening-game loss to Bonny Eagle last Friday night by dominating the Golden Trojans, who were opening their season. Deering (1-1) controlled the boards, which triggered its fast break. The Rams led 8-0 and 16-3 in the opening quarter and were on top 18-7 after one. It was 46-12 at halftime.

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Thornton had opening-game jitters and was further hampered when standout Quinn Richardson-Newton got three fouls early and sat out the rest of the first half. He returned at the start of the second half and played the rest of the game.

Deering was led by a pair of juniors in Liam Densmore and Garang Majok. Densmore scored 14 of his game high 19 points in the first half. Majok finished with 14 points.

Evan Wright led the Golden Trojans, who beat Deering in last season’s Western Class A tournament quarterfinals, with 18 points.