By Richard Greene
The Alvord Bulldogs couldn’t keep a grasp on the basketball or the Ponder Lions Friday night.
Alvord turned the ball over 30 times in a 52-31 loss to the Lions at Ponder High School.
“This was the worst game we’ve played,” said Alvord coach Curtis Enis. “I didn’t think we played with a lot of energy. I haven’t seen that.
“We have an open date Tuesday, and we have some things to work on.”
The loss kept the Bulldogs winless in District 9-2A. Ponder improved to 5-2.
Most of the Bulldogs’ turnovers were in the halfcourt, limiting scoring opportunities. Alvord never scored more than nine in a quarter.
The Bulldogs hit six field goals in the first half while turning the ball over 18 times.
Ponder opened the game on 10-2 run and led 17-8 after the first quarter.
Daniel Huerta’s layup in transition expanded the lead 13, 21-8, early in the second quarter.
The Lions led by as many as 21, 33-12, in the first half after Tanner Yeager’s free throws. Ponder took a 33-14 into the locker room at halftime.
Alvord cut the deficit to 16, 36-20, midway through the third quarter on Austin Garza’s lone basket.
Ponder responded with a 10-2 run to close the frame and took a 46-22 edge into the final quarter.
The Lions grabbed their largest lead, 23, in the fourth quarter at 49-26.
Clay Morgan led Ponder with 11 points. Grant Boxell added nine points.
Casen Baker paced Alvord with 12 points. Trevor Hardee posted a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds.