The Eastside Bulldogs have come a long way in a short time. Eastside met face to face again with the Centertown Warriors on Monday night after a long Christmas break had ended. These two teams faced off recently in the Masonic Christmas Tournament with the outcome favoring Eastside.
With the Masonic loss still fresh on their minds, Centertown knew it was going to be a physical game inside with a fast-paced tempo. It was everything they thought it would be and more. Eastside would break off the chain and run all over Centertown, giving them another win over the Warriors, 55-38.
Eastside brothers Dillon Young and Logan Young combined for 31 points almost outscoring the entire Warriors team by themselves. Centertown’s Dalton Hillis would lead all scoring with an 18-point total.
The first half was brutal for the Centertown defense. The Warriors showed zone early on and the Bulldogs made them pay the price with very sharp passing around the perimeter and the ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor. The Warriors were on their heels much of the first half and they had a lot of trouble getting the ball into their post players, who outsized the Bulldogs underneath.
Eastside was hitting its target from everywhere on the floor, scoring from behind the 3-point line and deep inside the paint. Eastside was putting on a pass and shoot clinic for everyone in attendance and the Bulldogs built a hefty 37-15 lead at the half.
Centertown had work to do coming out of the half behind by such a large deficit. The offense was still having trouble finding the handle, but they were putting up a much better shot selection than the previous half. Centertown had also switched to a man defense that finally slowed the Bulldog offensive attack. Hillis made the most of his opportunities scoring 10 points in the third quarter alone, almost matching the entire Bulldog total. So the offense had responded in the third, but the defense would need to put up a much stronger stand if there was any chance of over taking their huge first-half deficit.
Late in the third quarter, the Centertown coach was hit with a technical foul after he made known his displeasure of the officiating. The final nail was driven when Hillis was called for a foul on a Hail Mary-type shot well beyond the 3-point line, giving Eastside three free throws to end the third period.
The Bulldogs kept the Warriors running in circles for much of the game and chasing the ball from one end of the floor to the other and the fourth quarter was not much different. Both coaches were using their bench players in the final quarter and scoring for both teams decreased.
EASTSIDE SCORING - Dillon Young 16, Logan Young 15, Andrew Fults 10, Axel Rodriguez 7, Dillon Earls 5, Gabe Farless 2
CENTERTOWN SCORING - Dalton Hillis 18, Carter Mansfield 4, Brandt Young 4, Hunter Adams 4, Nathan Wright 2, Aaron Woodlee 2, Jaythan Shehane 2, Damien Thomas 1