A low-scoring game went down to the wire on Monday, Jan. 12, and the Bulldog boys’ varsity basketball team eked out a 31-27 win over the visiting Clintonville Truckers.
Both teams shot the ball poorly throughout the game but where the offense failed, defense prevailed.
By the end of the first quarter, the score was knotted at 4-4. Both teams scored six points in the second quarter to leave the score tied, 10-10, going into halftime.
The Truckers outscored the Bulldogs 8-7 in the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the final frame, but New London answered by outscoring Clintonville 14-9 in the final eight minutes of play.
The Truckers made just 9 of 34 shots (26 percent) but stayed in the game by making 4 of 19 from 3-point range (21 percent) and hitting 5 of 12 free throws (41 percent).
The Bulldogs made 11 of 32 shots (34 percent) but hit just 1 of 12 from 3-point range while making 8 of 13 from the charity stripe (61 percent).
New London earned a 23-20 advantage in rebounding, but the Truckers had a 5-4 edge in steals. New London had 11 turnovers, while Clintonville had eight turnovers. The Bulldogs committed 17 fouls, while the Truckers were whistled for 13 fouls.
The difference in the game proved to be New London’s 6-2 advantage in second-chance points. The Bulldogs also held a 4-0 advantage in points off turnovers.
Ty Barrington led New London with 11 points, including a big 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter followed by two free throws that helped seal the win for the Bulldogs. Nick Thomas added 10 points, Hunter Zaddack netted five, Alex Thiemer and Sam Porath both scored two, and Tyler Jagiello added one.
For the Truckers, Aaron Morse had eight points while making 2 of 5 shots from 3-point range. Nick Hogen added seven points, Tyler Petermann scored five points and grabbed eight rebounds, Damon Lorge contributed three points, and Tyler Colla and Nate Krueger both scored two.
New London 43, Marinette 26
Strong defense and a scoring surge to start the second half helped the Bulldog boys’ varsity basketball team earn a 17-point win over the Marinette Marines on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
The Bulldogs had trouble scoring early in the game but started the third quarter with an 11-3 run to give them a lead, and the Bulldog defense didn’t let up the rest of the way.
The Bulldogs made 17 of 36 shots (47 percent), including 2 of 8 from 3-point range (25 percent) and 7 of 12 from the free throw line (58 percent). Marinette made 8 of 35 shots (23 percent) and hit 3 of 17 from long range (18 percent) while making 7 of 9 from the charity stripe (78 percent).
Marinette had a 19-15 edge in rebounding, but the Bulldogs had a 12-5 edge in assists and a 7-3 edge in steals. New London had eight turnovers, while Marinette had 15.
Porath scored 14 points to lead New London. Thomas added 13, Tyler Jagiello scored six, Zaddack contributed five, Scott Bierman and Scott Doucette both netted two, and Thiemer added one for New London.
Seymour 49, New London 40
A stellar defensive effort by the Bulldogs was wasted due to the team’s woeful offense in a loss to the Seymour Thunder on Friday, Jan. 9.
The Thunder came into the contest averaging 66 points per game, but the Bulldog defense rose to the challenge and held Seymour to just 49 points in the game.
“We had a great defensive effort; however, our problem is scoring,” said Coach Ken Jagiello. “We shot 37 percent from the floor and missed 14 great shots during the game. You will not win many games if this happens.
“The players are giving their best effort and are working hard,” added Jagiello. “Good things will happen to them if they continue this – not just in basketball, but in life.”
Porath scored 10 points to lead New London, while Thomas added eight. Barrington and Tyler Jagiello both scored six, Zaddack added five, Doucette contributed three, and Thiemer added two.