Bulldogs Secure Grip on First Place

Crockett Blasts Groesbeck, 81-41

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – After taking care of Teague and Buffalo last week, the Crockett Bulldogs found themselves atop the District 20-3A standings. On Friday, Jan. 25, the Bulldogs got a bit of a break as they hosted the last-place Groesbeck Goats.

While the Goats played hard throughout the contest, it came as no surprise that the Bulldogs raced out to a 17-point first quarter lead and then coasted to the 81-41 win.

As the game got underway, Crockett used a 15-1 run in the game’s first five minutes to open up a 23-6 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

Ameer Lee made three of five free throws for the Goats while Arturo Sotello added two and Brandyn Canady chipped in one to round out the Groesbeck first quarter scoring.

The Bulldogs spread the wealth around as Ty White dropped in six while both Allen Horace and Demetrius Williams had four. Jordan Bedford nailed a three-pointer and a trio of Bulldogs – Keshaun Easterling, AJ Owens and Chris Purvis – all had two.

The second quarter was more of the same as the Bulldogs held the goats to seven points in the period. Sotello and Canady both had three while Lee made one of four from the line to close out the Groesbeck first-half point production.

Crockett continued to distribute the ball effectively in the second period as eight Bulldogs put up at least two points. Horace paced Crockett with six points while Easterling had five. Both Owens and Teddy Jones knocked down a shot

Ty White swoops in for two of his 12 points on the night as the Crockett Bulldogs defeated the Groesbeck Goats by a final score of 81-41.

from behind the three-point line while Demetrius Williams made a three the old-fashioned way (basket and a foul). White, Emmanuel Aldaco and Jalyne Carruthers all had a basket as the Bulldogs pushed their lead to 49-13 at the break.

After halftime, the Goats tried to make a comeback but the deficit was too much to overcome. Lee dropped in seven for Groesbeck, Aaron Tyus added four and Weslee Duke along with John Reed had two apiece.

There was another factor that limited the Goats attempted comeback and that was Allen Horace who changed or altered at least half a dozen shots in the third. In addition, Horace poured in nine points while Bedford had four and White chipped in two to give Crockett a 64-28 lead with eight minutes to play.

Lee tried to single-handedly bring the Goats back into the game with 10 fourth quarter points. Unfortunately, only Rodrick Greer with two free throws and Canady with one were the only other two players to score during Groesbeck’s fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Crockett dropped in 17 to close out the Goats by a final score of 81-41. Easterling paced the Bulldogs in the fourth with seven points. Carruthers dropped in five, Williams had three and White added a bucket to close out the Crockett point production.

The Goats were led by Ameer Lee with a game-high 21 points while Brandyn Canady and Arturo Sotello had five apiece. Aaron Tyus had four as Weslee Duke, Rodrick Greer and John Reed all had two.

The Bulldogs were paced by Allen Horace with 19 points and Keshaun Easterling with 14. Ty White had 12 and Demetrius Williams both had 10. Jalynne Carruthers and Ty White both had seven, Alton Owens dropped in five, Teddy Jones knocked down a three and both Emmanuel Aldaco and Chris Purvis had two to close out the Bulldogs’ scoring.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].

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