The Bulldogs took down the top-ranked Cardinals 91-84, giving the Cardinals their first loss to a team in the state.
The night started off with recognizing the seniors on the team: #0 Grayson Shively, #5 Walker Mack, #12 Jared Gadd, #21 Nate Clark, #22 Michael Corio, and #32 Trevor Rodgers.
The Bulldogs had an all-senior starting line up that consisted of #22 Corio, #12 Gadd, #5 Mack, #21 Clark, and #32 Rodgers.
The Cardinals starting line up was made up of #2 Bryce Long, #10 Josh Bredwood, #12 Terrin Hamilton, #14 Glenn Covington, and #45 Kobi Harris.
The leading scorer for the Cardinals was #14 Covington with 20 points, 6 3-pointers, and 1 2-pointer.
The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was #12 Gadd with 16 points, 4 3-pointers, and 2 2-pointers.
As the timer was counting down to tip off the gym was filling up with fans for both teams. There was one noticeable place that was almost empty. The student section.
The tip-off went to the Cardinals. The game started off with both teams scoring well. The teams traded points for most of the first quarter. The score with 3:30 left in the first quarter was 15-13 with the Cardinals on top. There was some bad decision making with the ball by the Bulldogs, but they were able to keep the game close. The score at the end of the first quarter was 18-17 with the Cardinals still on top.
The Bulldogs got possession to start the second quarter. The Bulldogs were on fire from beyond the arch at the start of this quarter. They were able to take a 6 point lead with 6:00 left in the half. The Cardinals had good ball movement and were able to take the lead from the Bulldogs lead. At the end of the half, the score was 39-38 with the Cardinals on top.
The Bulldogs got possession to start the third quarter. The Bulldogs’ half-time adjustments were working in the early goings of the second half. The Bulldogs took an 11 point lead with 3:30 left in the third, going up 57-46. The Cardinals took away some of the lead before the end of the third, but the Bulldogs were still on top 62-59.
The Cardinals got possession to start the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter was hard fought for the first part. Both teams stayed close to each other and the score with 5:00 left to play was 71-68 with the Bulldogs on top. Both teams kept fighting and the game stayed close until the final 2 minutes of the game. The Bulldogs put up 10 points in the final 2 minutes and won 91-84. The students that had shown up for the game rushed the court.
The Bulldogs sent the seniors off with a great win for their last regular-season home game.
The next game for the Bulldogs is on Feb. 18, where they will take on the Tates Creek Commodores in the first round of the 43rd district tournament.