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Pair of Bulldogs lead all-county squad

The Eastside Bulldogs completed a perfect regular season in the boys 7-8 grade elementary league as the team commanded the paint on both ends of the court.
Twin towers Hunter Hawkins and Tyler Beaty scored at will, blocked shots and cleaned the glass as the Bulldogs finished 10-0. The dominate play of Hawkins and Beaty helped them headline the Southern Standard All-County team.
The Eastside post players are joined on the first team by the league’s leading scorer Trey Cantrell from Dibrell, Irving College sharp shooter Chance Hobbs and Boyd forward Braxton Moody.
Hawkins possesses the size and strength no other player in the elementary league can match. Standing 6-foot-2, Hawkins often towers over his opponents. With the height advantage, Hawkins rarely ventures off the block where he can score in bunches. Hawkins’ best game came against Irving College on eighth-grade night for Eastside. After falling behind by 10, the Bulldogs stormed back to win by 17 as Hawkins scored a team-high 18 points.
Beaty’s impact usually comes on the defensive end as he leads the Bulldogs’ vaunted 1-3-1 halfcourt defense. Beaty’s length makes it hard for teams to pass over the zone and he can often crash down to swat shots into the stands. A skilled offensive player as well, Beaty has perfected a turnaround jumper from the block that helped him average 10 points per game this season.
Cantrell has been a scoring machine since stepping foot on the court for the 7-8 grade Wildcats as a sixth-grader. This season, Cantrell strung together his best season as he topped 150 points for the year. Cantrell had two 20-point games against the Irving College Tigers and led the team in scoring nine times as Dibrell finished 8-2.
Hobbs provided the biggest challenge to Cantrell’s reign as supreme scorer in the elementary league. A year after leading the Tigers to a 5-6 grade championship, Hobbs made a big debut in the 7-8 grade league. Hobbs finished second in scoring, highlighted by a 24-point performance against the Bulldogs when he hit five 3-pointers. Hobbs led the league in 3-pointers made this season.
Moody manned the post for Boyd this season and was the team’s biggest offensive threat. Possessing solid size and a good vertical leap, Moody finished third in the league in scoring while leading the Broncos to three victories. Moody’s biggest highlight was a game-winning shot last week to help Boyd defeat Morrison.
The all-county second team includes Eastside guard Dakota Nunley, Centertown guard McCall Turner, Morrison guard Caleb Newby, Dibrell forward Malachi Barrett and Irving College forward Luke Martin.

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