Tigers bomb 13 threes in win over Hooker PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:56

By JASON EPP
Leader & Times

HOOKER, Okla.— It started out so well for the Hooker Bulldogs. But in the end the great start was buried underneath a barrage of 3-point bombs, athleticism, and experience as the Hooker Bulldogs fell hard to the Laverne Tigers, 82-52.

A seesaw start over the first four minutes had Laverne up 12-10 as both teams looked sharp at the offensive end of the floor.

Hooker made their move in the second half of the quarter with an 11-3 run keyed by Dayton Metcalf who scored 10 in the quarter as the Bulldogs built a 21-15 lead.

But Laverne’s Trevor Harris had already begun to make his presence known by hitting three treys and scoring 11 in the first stanza to keep the Tigers close.

Hooker still led 28-24 with 4:08 left in the half after a basket by Dakotah McBride.

That is when Laverne exploded.

Two more threes by Harris and another by Mason Overstreet helped the Tigers end the half on a 12-0 run to go up by eight at the half (36-28).

The Bulldogs looked like they were game early in the second half, scoring three times in the first 80 seconds.

But Laverne answered back emphatically with a 21-3 over the final 6:36 of the third quarter to put the game out of reach, 62-38.

An 11-3 run by the Tigers made the margin 32 (73-41) with 5:10 left.

To add insult to injury, McBride went down with an ankle injury that could keep him out for a prolonged period. It would be the third player in the Bulldogs rotation lost to injury this season.

“We just don’t have the horses to keep up with them right now,” Bulldogs coach Chad Hussey said. “The kids came out and played real well. We answered everything they did and more, but we didn’t defend very well. You can’t leave great shooters open a lot.”

Harris finished the game with 28 points for the Tigers, including seven 3-pointers. Overstreet finished with four threes and 18 points.

Dayton Metcalf led the Bulldogs with 21 points; John Godfrey scored 9, and Dakotah McBride 8.

Hooker (3-11) will try to bounce back Thursday when they face Turpin, whom they beat earlier in the season, in the first round of the Texhoma Invitational at 12:15.

“We can’t let this get us down,” Hussey said. “We’ve got to continue to play hard.”

 

 
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