Last week the El Dorado Springs Boys Basketball team spent the week traveling to Warsaw for the Warsaw Tournament. The number six seed Bulldogs started the tournament against the third-seeded Butler Bears. The Bulldogs came away with their first win of the year 62-41. Trey Babcock led the Bulldogs with 19 points. Derek Hayes added 12 and Brayden Housh had 10.
The second round game pitted the Bulldogs against the second-seeded Knob Noster Panthers. The Bulldogs fell short and lost 63-51. Shelby McKinney led the scoring with 15 points. Tanner Witt contributed 10.
This placed the Bulldogs in the third-place game against the host school Warsaw. The Bulldogs trailed by eight at halftime and could not cut into the lead in the second half, losing the game 76-62. Shelby McKinney poured in 28 points and Kaiden Simmons added 11. Shelby McKinney and Trey Babcock made the all-tournament team and El Dorado finished fourth in the tournament.
El Dorado Springs played its first home game of the season Monday against the Monett Cubs. The Bulldogs led after one quarter 16-13. The Cubs took the lead going into halftime 33-25. After a high scoring second half, the Bulldogs came up on the losing end of a 75-68 score. Shelby McKinney scored 20 and Brayden Housh added 12. The Bulldogs are 1-4 on the season and travel to Knob Noster on Friday night.
CAN I HAVE THIS DANCE? – Sometimes players in a basketball game unintentionally look like poetry in motion. Here Freshman Ethan Evans and a Monett Cub almost look like they are dancing just after Ethan took a shot which the Monett player tried to block. The Bulldog freshmen was the only home team to claim a victory.
SLOW PITCH BASKETBALL – Bulldog Sophomore Derek Hayes during the JV game with Monett launched an underhand slow pitch at the basket that left the Monett Cub back pedaling. The JV went down to a narrow defeat as all three teams played Monday evening at home – Freshmen Boys, JV Boys and Varsity Boys.