Bulldogs Find Hope in Tough Weekend
December 17, 2018
The Centennial High School boys basketball team came into the East Coaches Classic this weekend sitting at 1-4, losers of 4 straight. This weekend they had 3 tough matchups. They started off the weekend against the 4A #5 Cheyenne Mountain. Centennial did not back down early in this one, both teams went back and forth as early in this one after 1Q the Indians only held a 22-18 lead over the scrappy Bulldogs. But from the second quarter on it was all Cheyenne Mountain the Indians proved why they were a top 5 team as they were able to push forward to a 36-26 lead at the half. The second half was all Indians as they never were able to get to a 20 point lead but they never were able to let the Bulldogs get within 12. In the end, the Indians pulled away for a 75-60 win over the Dogs.
Day 2 of the ECC was a rough one for the Bulldogs. They were matched up against 5A Pine Creek and from the start, it was all Eagles. They jumped out to an 8-0 lead early in the first and never quite slowed down. Pine Creek led 25-10 after 1Q. The Pine Creek lead grew as much as 40-15 in the second before eventually leading 48-24 heading into the half. In the second half, we saw a lot of the Eagles bench get playing time and that still didn’t slow them down as in the end, it was all Pine Creek. They rolled in this tough one for the Bulldogs 77-44.
So after 2 days of blowout losses for the Bulldogs, they were pitted against Grand Junction Central who was coming off of a 61-40 win over Pueblo County. Talk about a turnaround for the Bulldogs. This team did not look like the same team who was blown out two days in a row. The Dogs defense put pressure on every possession GJC had. GJC was not able to get a single open shot in the first quarter and the Bulldogs held on to a 17-0 lead after 1Q. Yes, ZERO. The Bulldogs didn’t allow a single point in the first 8 minutes of the game. The Dogs kept up the intensity in the second quarter holding on to a 32-18 lead heading into the half. But GJC wouldn’t let the Bulldogs pull too far away from them as they were battling back into what looked like was going to be a blowout. Centennial led 41-28 heading into the 4Q. GJC never let it get out of hand but also never was able to get within 10 points. In the end, Centennial pulled away for a 54-42 win over Grand Junction Central. The Bulldogs were led in scoring this weekend by Antonio Rodriguez who scored a weekend high 19 point as well as pitching in 13 and 10 the next two.
After a tough first two-game, the Bulldogs look to carry the momentum of their last win into the rest of the season.