District 27-4A loaded with talent, Dawgs 2-3

Wayne Craig/Clear Memories
Bulldog varsity player Jud Roy skies toward the basket on a rebound put-back. The bucket was Roy’s 17 first half point. No.21 went on to have an outstanding 31 point night. He also collected seven rebounds and two steals before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

 

 

 

 

By Wayne Craig

Bulletin Sports 

The Bulldogs reached the midway point of district play last Friday night on the road at Taylor. District 27-4A has a number of quality teams in the mix but a couple of front runners have emerged with Liberty Hill still holding an undefeated district record and Salado is in second place with just one loss to Liberty Hill. The Dawgs and Ducks will take the third and fourth spot, if the current course remains the same. The Badgers of Lampasas have been struggling, only producing one district win so far, and the Eastside Memorial boys have failed to capture a single 27-4A win. There are still a number of scenarios that could take place. In their first meeting the Dawgs only lost to second place Salado by one point; a win over the Eagles in round two would certainly shake things up. It will be an interesting one to watch throughout the second round.

Last week the Dawgs, who entered play at 2-1, lost back-to-back games against Liberty Hill and Taylor which slid them down the ladder to 2-3. At presstime over the weekend it was Liberty Hill in front, followed by Salado, Taylor and Burnet.

On Tuesday night the Dawgs hosted Liberty Hill’s Panthers. Burnet only produced eight points in the first period, with two triples and a two-point bucket all by senior Jud Roy. The Panthers on the other hand went to work quick and took a 17-8 lead after one.

Both teams scored 19 points in the second. Roy was once again impressive scoring 11 for the Dawgs in the period. Luke Kiser chipped in six and CJ Greenwell added one bucket but Burnet couldn’t gain any ground in the period and at the break it was 36-27 Liberty Hill.

The Panthers continued to stay just a step ahead of the Bulldogs in the second half. Team purple claimed the third, 16-11, and the fourth 18-15 for the 70-53 win.

Despite the loss the Bulldog crowd had something to cheer about in this one. The green and white faithful erupted with praise as Roy made his way to the bench after drawing his fifth foul with two minutes remaining in the game. The Bulldog senior played lights-out against the Panthers; he gave all he had defensively and offensively. He finished the game with 31 of the Dawgs 53 points; only two of those came from the charity stripe. He made three shots from outside the arc, and had 10 two-point buckets, many of which were contested put-backs after offensive rebounds.

Kiser was next on the Bulldog scoring chart with 10. He was followed by Ross Giesenschlag, six; Kam Ollison, two; Greenwell, two; and Cason Barrow, two.

On Friday the Dawgs traveled to Taylor to face the Ducks. After falling behind 11-9 a costly second period left Burnet in a tough spot at the break. Greenwell and Roy each collected one two-point bucket in the second while Taylor added 13 to their total giving the Ducks a 24-13 advantage after two.

Burnet scored a dozen points in the third, but Taylor improved their lead to 39-25 with 15.

The Dawgs had a good charge in the fourth with 18 points, led by Greenwell who scored eight, but it wasn’t enough for the comeback and Burnet fell short, 51-43.

Greenwell was the leading scorer with 14. He was followed by Roy, eight; Giesenschlag, six; Ollison, five; Kiser, five; and Connor Lyle, four.

Burnet began the second half of 27-4A play on Tuesday night hosting Eastside. The Dawgs will also be at home this Friday night when Lampasas comes to town. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m..

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