Bulldogs take out Elba

Published 11:16 pm Monday, December 8, 2008

Leading by just three points in an up-and-down game, the Pike County Bulldogs had just seconds left to keep the Elba Tigers from making a three-point, game-tying shot. The shot was blocked, and Tevin Andrews raced to the opposite end with the ball and dunked it home as the game clock ran out. The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 46-41.

“It was the capping off of the night,” Bulldogs head coach Doug Holland said about the ending. “It was a see-saw lead all night, and the dunk summed up the night. I was over next to coach (Roddrice) Griffin about to pass out.”

The Bulldogs trailed early in the game by a 14-8 deficit in the first quarter. The Bulldogs stayed consistent in the game though and trailed just 20-19 going into halftime.

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The game’s lead changed numerous times in the second half, but Pike County grabbed the lead late and never let it go.

“We knew they would come better prepared tonight,” Holland said.

The Tigers fell to the Bulldogs by a 25-point margin the last time these two met in Brundidge.

Jarrod Wilson led the Bulldogs with 12 points on the night. Kendrick Jackson added 10 points and nine rebounds. Tevin Andrews finished with nine points, and Quay Bailey posted seven points and nine assists.

The girls’ game was a close contest as well, but the Lady Bulldogs had trouble finishing the game, and Elba grabbed the win, 45-39.

“We didn’t rebound well, and we didn’t play good defensively,” Lady Bulldogs head coach Kasey Parker said.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed the Tigers the entire game until the 2:15 mark in the fourth quarter when Ronique Boyd tied the game at the free throw line.

Becca Parker hit a jumper to put Pike County in the lead for the first time in the game, but the Tigers consistency at the free throw line proved to be the difference in the final minute of the game.

“We had some good moments where they played together as a team tonight,” Parker said. “Our second quarter is continuing to kill us though.”

The Lady Bulldogs posted just six points in the second quarter.

Pike County was just 5-of-13 from the free throw line and committed 25 turnovers in the game.