The El Dorado Springs Bulldogs knew they had an uphill battle before the game with the Lamar Tigers started Monday evening. The final score of 62 to 37 proved their assessment was correct.
Coach Ryan Waters said, “Lamar is a big, fast, strong and deep basketball team as I’m sure you saw in the first half. They are physical, athletic and patient on offense. We came out and tried to slow the game down and limit possessions in hopes that we could remain in the ball game and give ourselves a chance to win in the end. Our plan worked well for a quarter, as the score was a staggering 10 to six at the end of one. Lamar stretched the lead to 20 to 12 with four minutes left to go in the 2nd when we got into some foul trouble. We proceeded to have four straight possessions of turnover layups (what would be referred to as a pick six in football) and the game was opened up. The end of the 2nd quarter the score was 32 to 15 and we had turned the ball over 18 times.”
“Lamar, surprisingly only outscored us by four in the entire second half. Coach (Joel) Braden (who coached here last year) called off the press and played a 2-3 zone most of the 4th quarter. Our boys never gave up, and continue to have good attitudes and outstanding sportsmanship. That is a true testament of the group of boys we have.”
We play Marion C. Early tonight and a very good Nevada team here on Friday for Courtwarming which will round out our regular season schedule. District play starts next week. We’ll play the two seed Warsaw at Butler on Tuesday.”
“In the Lamar game our leading scorer was Colten Hedrick with 13 and our leading rebounder was Robert Keith with four.”
BULLDOG POETRY IN MOTION – Josh Girven gives a high post pivot pass to Richard Lyness on a screen from Colten Hedrick. Coach Ryan Waters calls it, “A staple in our continuity motion offense.”
JV BATTLES UNDEFEATED LAMAR – The JV Lamar Tigers came to the Dog Pound Monday evening and took home the win 33-52. Coach Doug Austin said, “The effort was good. That was probably the best JV team they have played all year as Lamar is undefeated at that level.” Three players led the team in scoring with six points each – Jake Hillsman, Ethan Morgan and Blake Cluck. Morgan had two three point shots to get his six.