Thursday night’s action heated up inside as the temperature outside dropped when the Centertown Warriors faced off against the Eastside Bulldogs. Both teams came out with something to prove, with the offense from the Warriors getting the better of the Bulldogs, 32-27.
From the opening tip, both teams put the gas pedal to the floor. The Warriors jumped out to a very early lead with the Bulldogs not being able to find a way to stop the post play from Dalton Hillis who dropped in all eight points for the Warriors in the first. Bulldog Dillon Young kept the scoring close by connecting from long range on an open 3-pointer, plus connecting on a free throw.
Carter Mansfield and Damion Thomas both scored for the Warriors in the second quarter. Andrew Fults kept it close for the Bulldogs as the half arrived.
Getting underway in the third, it was apparent that coaches for Centertown had adjusted slightly on the offensive side of the ball. The Warriors went back to Hillis in the post as the Bulldogs could not find an answer.
Fults carried the Bulldog scoring in the third with eight of his 14-point total, trying to keep the fire lit under his teammates. The third quarter was probably the most deciding quarter of play with the Warrior offense using the transition game to get back on the Bulldogs.
Leading 24-17 heading into the fourth, the Warriors’ Thomas stepped up driving the lanes and scoring on multiple layups right in front of the Bulldog defense. And when there was a miss, the offensive rebounds hurt the slightly smaller Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs connected on two big 3-pointers by Young and Fults to keep it close, but in the end, the Warriors had too much offense and found their way in too close for the Bulldog defenders. Eastside had little difficulty finding the range. It very well could have gone either way on Thursday night, but it was the Centertown Warriors over the Eastside Bulldogs 32-27.
Centertown scoring - Dalton Hillis 14, Carter Mansfield 8, Damion Thomas 8, Brandt Young 2, Jax McBride 2
Eastside scoring - Andrew Fults 14, Dillon Young 8, Axel Rodriguez 3, Logan Young 2