Bulldogs trounce Tigers 68-37 in Macon Tournament
The MHS Bulldogs varsity travelled last night to take on the Macon Tigers in the first round of the Macon Tournament.
What they ended up with was a dominant 68-37 win.
At the end of the first quarter, however, the teams were knotted in a 12-12 tie. Coach Brennan Scanlon knew the Bulldogs needed to adjust their defensive strategy if they wanted to be successful.
After a quick discussion between quarters, the Bulldogs came back to the floor with that aggressive defensive mindset that has been a hallmark of the team this season.
"It took us a quarter to adjust to their size," said Scanlon, "but once we did our defense was pretty solid the rest of the game."
MHS allowed the Tigers only one point in the second quarter, taking a 24-13 halftime lead.
The Bulldogs kept up the defensive pressure in the second half, allowing only 24 points and scoring 44 of their own to seal the victory. The win moves the Bulldogs to 7-5 on the season.
James Norton scored 30 points to lead the Bulldogs' offensive effort. Cole Jaramillo contributed 15 points. D'Milo Nunnelly added 12 points. Malik Holman chipped in seven points.
Jake Landreth and Skylar Harrington had two points each to round out the MHS scoring for the night.
The Bulldogs' success on offense came about because the players worked the ball quickly, making crisp passes and being unselfish. Harrington once again led the team with seven assists. Jaramillo added four assists. Nunnelly recorded two assists on the night. Sam Lee, Norton and Holman also had an assist apiece.
The Bulldogs had 25 rebounds in the win. Holman snagged seven of them to lead the team. Norton had four rebounds.
Wesley Oetting, Lee and Harrington chipped in three rebounds each. Jaramillo and Nunnelly added two rebounds apiece. Landreth had a rebound as well.
A strong aggressive defense created turnovers and the Bulldogs had 13 steals on the night. Jaramillo had a team leading five steals. Holman added three steals. Norton, Nunnelly, Landreth, Lee and Oetting all had a steal each.
Malik Holman also had two blocked shots on the night.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday night against the South Shelby Cardinals in the Macon Tournament semi-finals. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.