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Boys 9-3A Basketball: Bulls pick up first district victory

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 25, 2014

After suffering a pair of one-point losses, the Bridgeport Bulls broke through with their first win in District 9-3A Tuesday.

The Bulls went on a 16-6 run in the third quarter to build a 17-point lead, then held on for a 60-47 win over the Krum Bobcats.

“It felt great to pick up the win. We needed it to extend our season,” said Bridgeport senior point guard Derrick Stanford. “We were able to make the plays to swing the game in our favor.”

Bridgeport (11-13) moved to 1-3 in the league and took over possession of fourth place. The Bulls enter the second half of district play Tuesday against Decatur looking to hold on to that spot and earn the program’s first playoff berth since 2004.

“The hard work is done and now is the time to put the hard work into success,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green. “Our focus is preparing for the second half of district. We’re the bounce of the basketball from being 3-1 instead of 1-3.”

Stanford led the Bulls Tuesday, finishing with 21 points. He hit 15 of his 17 free-throw attempts.

“He’s doing a good job leading the team and doing the little things that don’t show up in the stats,” Green said.

The Bulls jumped out to a 17-11 lead and led 32-25 at halftime. The big third quarter moved the Bulls’ lead to 48-31.

Dalton Hudson added 16 points for the Bulls. Alex Samples finished with nine points. Stephen Howdeshell scored eight and grabbed 11 rebounds.

DECATUR 60, GAINESVILLE 44

Cain Lowe led a trio of Eagles in double figures Tuesday as Decatur knocked off the Gainesville Leopards and took over sole possession of the top spot in District 9-3A.

Lowe finished with 14 points. Paul Walker finished with 13, and Philip Walker 12.

Decatur (18-5), ranked No. 9 in the latest Class 3A poll, moved to 3-0 in district.

Gainesville hung around until the final quarter when Decatur went on a 14-5 run. Paul Walker and Lowe scored five each in the final frame.

“Our best quarter was our last quarter,” said Decatur coach Drew Coffman. “I don’t know if anyone was pleased with the overall result. But we’re happy to get the win on the road.”

Decatur took an early 19-12 lead, and held the seven-point advantage at halftime, 34-27.

Coffman said the Eagles had numerous breakdowns on the defensive end in the first half.

“We’ve got to clean things up on the defensive end,” Coffman said. “We gave up 17 offensive rebounds, and I don’t know how many second-chance points.”

Holt Garner hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third as Decatur protected the seven-point edge, 46-39, going into the fourth.

Decatur closed out the first half of 9-3A play Friday against the Krum Bobcats, who are winless in the league.

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