Bull­dogs con­trol Tigers for sec­ond win of the sea­son

Westside Eagle-Observer - - SPORTS - MIKE ECKELS meck­[email protected]

EX­ETER (Mo.) — The De­catur Bull­dogs fi­nally snapped their 10-game los­ing streak Dec. 20 when they faced the Ex­eter Tigers on the road at Ex­eter High School in Mis­souri. In this con­test, the sec­ond win of the sea­son, the Bull­dogs hand­ily de­feated the Tigers by 22 points.

The last time the Bull­dogs won a game was at home in Peter­son Gym Nov. 13 when they de­feated the Watts (Okla.) En­gi­neers, 50-49.

De­catur gained con­trol of the open­ing tip-off and, with only six sec­onds elapsed, put up a two for the first points of the game. From there, the Bull­dogs es­tab­lished con­trol of the first quar­ter. But nei­ther team hit the boards very well dur­ing the first eight min­utes of the con­test and, by the end, the Bull­dogs had a six-point lead over the Tigers.

Both of­fenses picked up the pace in the sec­ond quar­ter, with the Bull­dogs main­tain­ing their six­point lead over the Tigers through much of the quar­ter. Ex­eter tried to nar­row the gap, but De­catur’s ag­gres­sive style proved too much and the Bull­dogs went into half­time lead­ing by 10.

The Bull­dogs main­tained their edge through­out the sec­ond half, widen­ing the lead to 22 by the fi­nal buzzer. The De­catur Bull­dogs de­feated the Ex­eter Tigers, 56-34, for their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

Lead­ing the scor­ing drive for the De­catur Bull­dogs was Ryan Ross with 15, fol­lowed by Kevin Gar­cia with 12 and Jimmy Men­doza with 11. Round­ing out the Bull­dog scor­ing ef­fort was Ta­fari James with six, Cay­den Bing­ham and Kelvin Moreno each with four, Bryson Funk and Jose Rubi each with two.

The Bull­dogs will re­sume the sec­ond half of their 2018-19 sea­son on Jan. 8 when they travel to Cen­ter­ton to take on new con­fer­ence ri­val, the Life Way War­riors, at Life Way for a 7 p.m. con­test. De­catur re­turns to Peter­son Gym in De­catur to face the Arkansas Arts Academy Di­a­monds. Game time for that con­test is 7 p.m.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/MIKE ECKELS

Bull­dogs’ Tar­fari James pushes past a Tiger de­fender dur­ing the third quar­ter of the De­catur-Ex­eter non-con­fer­ence bas­ket­ball con­test in the main gym at Ex­eter High School in Mis­souri Dec. 20.

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