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Bulldogs remain unbeaten

If Monday’s game at Eastside Elementary School proved anything, it’s that the gap between the elementary boys’ top team and the rest of the league is wide.
The Bulldogs continued their dominance of elementary basketball with a 51-24 victory over the Dibrell Wildcats.
Dibrell looked to be the league’s best bet to push Eastside as the Wildcats entered Monday’s contest with a 5-1 record and had the league’s leading scorer Trey Cantrell on their side.
The Bulldogs did what they do best though, dominate its opposition. Eastside’s 1-3-1 zone kept three defenders on Cantrell at all times and the twin towers of Hunter Hawkins and Tyler Beaty were unstoppable on offense.
Eastside jumped out to a 13-6 lead after the first quarter as Hawkins outscored the Wildcats on his own. Hawkins had eight points in the opening period as the high-low offense worked wonders. Beaty was able to locate his teammate four times in the paint to lead to easy buckets.
Raleigh Woods made it 18-8 midway through the second quarter when he sank a 3-pointer for the Bulldogs, but Cantrell kept Dibrell in the game with a strong second period.
Cantrell nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing, then slashed to the basket for a three-point play to cut the Dibrell deficit to four.
The Bulldogs responded with baskets from Hawkins, Beaty and Dakota Nunley to push the lead to 24-14 at halftime.
Beaty started to look for his own offense in the third period and it started Eastside’s rout. Beaty got to the rim for three layups to help the Bulldogs outscore Dibrell 12-5 in the third quarter and take a 17-point lead into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Eastside got production from its bench to complete the blowout. Tyler Pomales scored five points, including sinking a 3-pointer, and Mitchell Stembridge added four as Eastside won its seventh straight game by double figures.
Hawkins led the Bulldogs with 14 points, followed closely by Beaty with 12. Nunley added eight while Woods finished with six. Alex Yates added two points for Eastside.
Cantrell and Malachi Barrett scored eight points apiece for Dibrell, whose only losses have come against Eastside. Rounding out the Wildcat scoring was Austin Higgins with four, Dillon Jones with three and Ethan Stuart with one.
In other elementary action, the Irving College Tigers tied Dibrell for second place in the standings by downing the Morrison Eagles 38-26.
Chance Hobbs continued his scoring onslaught with 18 points as the seventh-grade guard took over the league scoring lead. Lucas Patrick added eight points, followed by Freddie Trevino, Luke Martin and Jeffery McCormick with four points each. The Tigers improved to 5-2 with the win.
Caleb Newby led Morrison with 10 points. Ethan Smith and Brayton Kelsey were next with four, while Justin Holt and Raven Lewandowski tallied two points apiece. Colton Smith, the team’s scoring leader, was held to one point as the Eagles dropped to 2-5.

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