Coach Grant Peckenschneider's Bulldogs held 20-16 and 30-29 leads at the first and second quarter breaks, respectively, but were outscored, 21-14 in the third period, and were unable to make it all the way back, losing the contest by two points.
The 'Dogs offense performed all right, shooting 46.7 % from the field, including seven three-pointers, after two straight games without a single trey. The Bulldog defense, on the other hand, was seen by Peckenschneider to be the face of the game which contributed the most to the Bulldog defeat.
The Bulldogs were led offensively Friday night by Aaron Bruce, who scored 24 points and also snared seven rebounds. Cam Meyer had a double-double, with 18 points and 10 boards; Nick Hirschman scored 14 and had six boards; and Jordan Glawe scored 12 and grabbed eight off the glass. Meyer also had two steals on defense,
The Bulldogs take on that same Clay Central- Everly team Feb. 19th in District Tournament action in Everly, and, said their coach, "We must play better defensively, or we will be in store for a long evening."
Not to mention an abrupt start to the off-season.