The Gainesville Leopards Tuesday forced the Bridgeport Bulls to wait until Friday’s regular season finale against Krum to try to nail down District 9-3A’s final playoff spot.
The Leopards used a big second quarter, scoring 22 points to take a lead and never give it back in a 61-51 win at Bridgeport High School gym.
“It was a very difficult game against Gainesville,” said Bridgeport coach Alan Green. “The game changed in the second quarter when we had injuries and foul trouble. We missed four key free throws – two of them front ends of 1-and-1s. Our margin of error is not wide enough for us not to capitalize on these opportunities. You can’t give up 22 points in a quarter and expect to win on a consistent basis.”
Bridgeport (11-16) fell to 1-6 in the district. It owned a game lead on Krum, entering Friday. With a victory, the Bulls would clinch the final playoff spot.
Gainesville took a 34-32 lead with its big second quarter. The Leopards built the lead to 48-41 in the third quarter.
Stephen Howdeshell paced the Bulls with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Samples put in 14 points. Derrick Stanford scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards.