Bulldogs defeat Tigers 69-65, win championship
The MHS Bulldogs were all business Friday night as they took on the Macon Tigers for the second time in less than five days. True, they had trounced the Tigers 68-37 in Monday's opening round match-up but Friday night's game was different. This game was for the tournament championship.
In the end, the score was much closer but the result was the same. MHS won the game 69-65 and claimed the championship.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, only to see their shooting go cold in the second as they only scored five points. Nevertheless, they took a narrow 25-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. Macon fought back in the third quarter, outscoring MHS 24-13 to take a 45-35 lead at the end of the quarter. Not to be outdone, the Bulldogs scored 31 points in the fourth quarter while holding Macon to only 20. However, late game Bulldogs free throws fended off the Tigers.
James Norton led the team in scoring with 27 points on the night. Cole Jaramillo was close behind with 25 points. Skylar Harrington added 13 points. Malik Holman chipped in four points to close out the Bulldogs' scoring totals.
Harrington had a team-leading five assists on the night. Holman had two assists. Sam Lee and Norton also added an assist each.
MHS collected 18 rebounds on the night. Harrington snatched five to lead the team. D'Milo Nunnelly, Jake Landreth and Jaramillo snagged three rebounds each. Holman pulled in two rebounds. Wesley Oetting and Lee each added a rebound.
The Bulldogs had fast hands Friday night as they recorded 15 steals in the game. Harrington agin led the team with five steals. Norton, Jaramillo, Holman and Nunnelly all recorded two steals each. Oetting and Landreth gathered in a steal apiece to help the team.
Landreth had two blocked shots. Oetting had a blocked shot as well.
"We knew this would be a much tougher game then the first time we played Macon," said Coach Brennan Scanlon. "The guys really turned up the defensive pressure in the fourth quarter which ultimately won us the game."