Bulldogs fall in third-place game


After winning their first three games in the annual Quitman Tournament on Thursday and Friday, the Quitman Bulldogs fell twice on Saturday. The Bulldogs lost in the tournament semi-finals to Rivercrest and fell to a very athletic Hooks team 59-50 in the battle for third place.

The Bulldogs started on target early against Hooks with Trey Berry, Justin Pruden and Jace Reid each hit a bucket to give Quitman a 6-2 advantage. Berry and Ben Burroughs hit back to back triples to give Quitman a 12-6 lead with 3:30 left in the quarter. Berry added a bucket at the end of the first period for the Bulldogs lead 14-11 going into the second quarter.

Pruden and Reid provided offensive spark and Riley Flanagan worked hard on the boards in the second quarter. Reid had a pair of three-point shots and free throw for seven points in the quarter while Pruden dominated under the boards and put in six points. Flanagan hit a bucket as time ran down in the first half to make the score 40-36 with Quitman leading.

The Hornet full court pressure caused a few problems for the Bulldogs and Hooks on a 15-7 run in the third quarter to take a 40-36 lead into the final frame.

Quitman fell behind 53-44 but a Pruden bucket with just under two minutes left made hit a 53-46 deficit. Hooks regained a nine point lead at the 1:34 mark and spent the remainder of the game in a stall. A late Burroughs bucket made it a 59-50 final tally.

Pruden poured in 20 points, most coming during rugged play in the lane while Reid added 14.

The Bulldogs are now 6-5 going into district action Tuesday night at home against Grand Saline.

Winnsboro, who beat Quitman earlier in the week 55-50, took the Quitman Tournament championship with a victory over Rivercrest. The Red Raiders are 11-4 on the season.


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