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Bulldogs down Dibrell for title
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The elementary boys basketball league has been dominated by the Dibrell Wildcats and Eastside Bulldogs recently, so it wasn’t a shock to see the two teams in the Morrison Ruritan finals Saturday night.Led by star post Tyler Beaty’s 21 points and 11 rebounds, Eastside defeated Dibrell 57-46 to claim the Ruritan championship for the second straight year.Eastside was the favorite to win entering last week’s Ruritan tournament. The Bulldogs were already tournament champions once this seaon, having won the Woodbury Invitational early in November.The Bulldogs and Wildcats each received first-round byes before winning their way into the finals Friday night. Eastside beat Irving College 54-31 in the semifinals while Dibrell downed Morrison 46-35.The championship game figured to be won by which team got more from its star player as Eastside’s Beaty and Dibrell’s Trey Cantrell have been leading their respective teams for the past three years.Beaty got the better of the matchup Saturday as Dibrell couldn’t keep the Bulldogs’ top post player off the glass.Beaty got off to a quick start as he scored on an early putback and sank two fadeaway jumpers to put Eastside up 8-4.