By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – In their last game of 2020, the Crockett Bulldogs welcomed the East Texas Archers to the Andrew J. Hopkins Activity Center for a New Year’s Eve matinee.
The Bulldogs had dropped their first game of the season but had rattled off four straight wins since. The Archers, based in Lovelady, are in their first year of existence and while they are very young, they had managed to post a respectable record of 8-9 so far on the season.
It was a measuring stick game for the Archers, but unfortunately, the Bulldogs simply had more firepower as they opened up a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 74-44 win.
Ty White came out of the locker room on fire to start the game for Crockett as the senior guard poured in 16 points in the first eight minutes of the contest. C. Nealy added four, Tashawn Simon had two and Keshun Easterling chipped in one as Crockett took a 23-11 lead into the second quarter.
The Archers were led by Shayne Cox and Jaedin Watts with five points apiece in the opening period of play while Braden Covar made one of two from the line.
The second quarter saw Crockett push its lead to 15, but had they hit their free throws, it could have been much worse. The Bulldogs only converted three of 10 from the line but still managed to take a 38-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
White knocked down another five for Crockett while teammate Jayden Collins also had five. Easterling had three and Chris Purvis found the scoring column with two.
J. Watts continued to lead the way for the Archers in the second as he dropped in eight points. Kaven Rollo and Brycen Watts had two apiece to close out the Archers’ first half scoring.
The Bulldogs salted the game away in the third quarter as they opened up a 30-point margin before settling for a 54-30 lead after the end of three quarters of play. Easterling put in six for Crockett while Collins added five. Simon and White had two apiece, while Bre’Dron Tucker converted one of two from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs’ defense was spectacular in the third as Crockett held the Archers to only seven points on five from B. Watts and two from J. Watts.
In the final period of play, J. Watts came alive as he netted 10 while Covar and Rollo both had two. Try as they might, the Archers were unbale to overcome the early deficit and fell by a final score of 74-44.
Crockett’s fourth quarter scoring came from Easterling with nine points and Tucker with five. Jalyne Carruthers found the scoring column with four and Purvis chipped in a bucket to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.
On the game, the Archers were led in scoring by Jaiden Watts with a game-high 25 points. Brycen Watts netted seven, Shayne Cox had five, Kaven Rollo had four and Braden Covar added three to account for the Archers’ scoring.
The Bulldogs were paced by three players in double-figures. Ty White poured in 23 points, Keshun Easterling netted 19 and Jayden Collins had 10. Bre’Dron Tucker dropped in six while a quartet of Crockett players – Jalyne Carruthers, C. Nealy, Chris Purvis and Tashawn Simon – all had four points apiece to account for the Bulldogs’ point production.
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