Bulldogs Feed off of Rye Miscues to Stay Hot
January 14, 2019
The night started off very shaky for both teams as both Rye and Centennial missed their first three shots. Although Rye was never able to take the lead in this game it was no walk in the park for the Bulldogs. The Bulldog defense proved to be the key factor in this game. With the offense struggling early they relied on their high-intensity defense to shut down an already struggling Rye offense. After 1Q the Bulldogs were holding on to a 14-8 lead. Already this one had the feel of a defensive battle. The second quarter was much more of the same two teams struggling to put the ball in the basket, the Dogs were able to pull ahead late in the second quarter as they were able to get up to a 22-14 lead. Only for that lead to being taken away with a late 7-0 run by the
Thunderbolts to make it a 22-21 game at the half. Bulldog players and coaches all went to the locker room with a look of shock and disappointment on their face even though they held the lead. With the second half underway, this game kept the same defensive feel like the first half, well for the Bulldogs at least. Centennial outscored Rye 16-6 in the third quarter.
Now heading into the fourth with a 38-27 lead and finally starting to build some cushion the Bulldogs began to pull away, even more, keeping the high-intensity defense. After all, was said and done the Bulldogs had turned this game around and outscored the T-Bolts 35-12 in the second half to come away with a 57-33 win to extend their red hot streak to 5 games. The Bulldogs were lead by senior Antonio Rodriguez who had 12 points as well as 7 steals, Brandon Solano also chipped in with 8 points and a season-high 16 rebounds. The Bulldogs defense proved to be key forcing 23 turnovers.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a trip to Bessemer as they begin league play with hated rival Pueblo Central on January 15th at 7PM.