Bulldogs compete in Clinton tournament

Posted January 31, 2013 at 10:17 am

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JV PLAYS LIBERAL – On Saturday, the final game of the El Dorado Springs JV tournament was for third place pitting El Dorado Springs against Liberal. Here, Freshman Cody McNeece gets in close for a shot.

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TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH JONES – The Liberal JV scored the first 13 points in the game Saturday for 3rd in the El Dorado Springs JV tournament. Here Sophomore Brant Jones takes a contested shot. The championship game earlier that morning had Clinton against Nevada which Nevada won.

by Coach Ryan Waters

The El Dorado Springs Varsity Boys competed in the Clinton Tournament last week. They finished in 7th place after defeating Warrensburg JV team 61-58. They faced Clinton in the second round and fell short 54-31.

The Bulldogs had a tough time offensively in the first half, only scoring three pts through a quarter and a half of play. They cut the lead to seven late in the 4th quarter but had dug themselves too deep of a hole early to recover from. The Bulldogs had to resort to fouling, and the Cardinals managed to hit 12/15 free throws in the 4th quarter to extend the lead and put the game away.

The next round was held on Saturday against a very scrappy Warrensburg JV team. The Bulldogs again started the game very slow, but eventually found their stride and got some shots to fall.

The Bulldogs were in control most of the 4th quarter, with a lead by as much as 10 at one point. Warrensburg were relentless on their attack and seem to hit one big shot after another. They were very patient with the ball, and got some really good looks at the basket, and just kept cutting into the lead. They had five three’s in the 4th quarter alone to round out their 19 point 4th quarter. They managed to cut the game to only a one point Bulldog lead with 10 seconds left to go. The Bulldogs ran a press breaker to perfection and Warrensburg fouled Kyle Robertson with six seconds to go. Despite the fact that Kyle hadn’t scored in the ballgame yet, he stepped to the line and dropped in both free throws to ice the game. Warrensburg on the pursuing possession fumbled the ball and didn’t even get a shot at the basket. Thus, letting the Bulldogs slip away by a marginal but very exciting victory.

Heath Sutton lead the Bulldogs in scoring with 20, Colten Hedrick 18, Jakob Studer 10, Richard Lyness 6, Robert Keith 4, Dustin Hall and Kyle Robertson 2, and Josh Girven with 1.

The Bulldogs played at Conway on Tuesday this week.