Bulldogs drop two close games
The New London boys’ basketball team lost their last two games by three points. They fell to Pulaski, Tuesday, Dec. 17 by a score of 51-48. On Saturday, Dec. 28 they hosted Xavier, and once again fell by three points, 50-47.
Xavier 50, New London 47
NEW LONDON – New London and Xavier played back and forth through the first quarter of their contest. Xavier pulled out to the early lead, and then began a full court press. New London was able to beat the press, with Jacob Pinch hitting two three-point shots. At the end of the first quarter New London led 12-11.
The second quarter was much the same as the two teams traded baskets. New London did build a small lead, but went cold late in the quarter, allowing Xavier to outscore them by three points in the quarter. Xavier led by two points at halftime.
A poor third quarter seemed to doom New London as they were outscored 15-5 in the quarter to put them down by 11 points entering the final quarter.
The Bulldogs regrouped and made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, tying the game at 47 with one minute to go. It wasn’t meant to be, though, as the Bulldogs bowed out 50-47 when the final buzzer sounded.
Pinch led the Bulldogs with 11 points, while Sam Porath and Ryan Wolf each chipped in with eight points. Nick Thomas and Tyler Jagiello had six points, Ty Barrington had five, and Ryan Krueger had three.
Pulaski 51, New London 48
PULASKI – A slow start put New London’s back against the wall when they traveled to Pulaski.
Pulaski jumped out to a quick 15-4 lead after one quarter. New London picked up the offense a bit in the second quarter, scoring nine points. They gave up 17 points in the quarter, though, and found themselves down 32-13 at halftime.
The Bulldogs played even with Pulaski in the third quarter, being outscored by only one point.
The Bulldogs mounted a comeback by scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter compared to Pulaski’s five points. It wasn’t enough, as Pulaski downed the Bulldogs 51-48.
Krueger led the Bulldogs with 10 points, with Porath throwing in nine points. Wolf, Pinch and Thomas each had six points.