The Clinton County Bulldogs are now 2-0 on the year with a win Friday night against the Maribyrnong Sports Academy from Australia.
It took a while for the Bulldogs to look comfortable on the floor, but once that happened, the Bulldogs held tight on defense and took the win, 60-44.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start against the Jets, leading 8-1 after the first three minutes.
Clinton County was off on offense and found it hard to score, finishing the first quarter with only 14 points to the Jets’ seven.
During the second quarter, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 10 point lead off four free throws, two from Frank England and two from Colby Langford, 18-8.
The Aussies then put together an 8-0 run to cut the lead to two points, 18-16.
Clinton County’s Joe Davis nailed a three pointer to extend the lead by five, 21-16. Even though Clinton County had the lead, its shooting was off and the baskets weren’t falling as expected.
Clinton County would only score five more points in the final 3:28, while the Jets ended the period with an 8-5 run for a 26-26 tie at halftime.
As the third quarter got underway, the Bulldogs continued to struggle from the floor.
England hit a field goal to put the Dawgs up by two, 28-26, followed by a basket by Keifer Dalton, 30-26. The Aussies then cut into the lead, adding five points to take its own lead 31-30.
With a hold on defense, Ryan Beard brought life to the team when he hit back-to-back three pointers to give Clinton County a three point lead, 36-33.
A three pointer by the Jets tied the score at 36, but two free throws by Beard and Dalton gave the Bulldogs a four point lead at the end of the third quarter, 40-36.
As the fourth quarter got underway, Clinton County took the game to another level. The Bulldogs put together an 11-0 run for a 51-36 lead with 3:07 on the clock.
At the 2:47 mark, the Aussies scored its first points of the quarter. The Bulldogs continued to stay strong on defense, allowing only eight points from the Jets.
The Bulldogs added nine more points to its lead to finish the game with a 60-44 win.
Clinton County was scheduled to have played Tuesday night at home against Monroe County, but due to a flu outbreak in Tompkinsville, Monroe County Schools were cancelled for the remainer of the week. There has been no word on when the game will be rescheduled.
The Bulldogs will host Metcalfe County on Friday night. The Dawgs will tip off after the conclusion of the girls’ game which is set for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
Individual scoring for Clinton County was:
Senior Ethan Cook took a shot during the second half of Friday night’s game against the Austrialian National Team.
Keifer Dalton drove the lane and made a shot during the first half against the Austrialian National Team. Clinton County won the game, 60-44, and move to 2-0 on the season. Dalton finished with 21 points.