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’Dogs use size, athleticism to their advantage

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : January 3, 2013

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps The 2012-13 Eustace Bulldogs basketball team are (from left, front row) Chance Scott, Jalen Seahorn, Jason Ballenger and Austin Givan; (back row) John Bradburn, David Calvert, Chris Farnsworth, Steven Stine and Kyle Wood. Not pictured are Forrest Lane and David Torres.

Monitor Photo/Sam Epps
The 2012-13 Eustace Bulldogs basketball team are (from left, front row) Chance Scott, Jalen Seahorn, Jason Ballenger and Austin Givan; (back row) John Bradburn, David Calvert, Chris Farnsworth, Steven Stine and Kyle Wood. Not pictured are Forrest Lane and David Torres.

By Sam Epps
Sports Editor

EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs boast a bigger, faster, stronger team than they did last year.
Head coach Chad Martinez will use those improvements every chance he gets.
“We are also better defensively than last year, and are putting much more pressure on opponents,” he said.
“We are more athletic than last year, and use our strengths to create turnovers.”
Eustace junior Chris Farnsworth gives opponents the biggest obstacle at 6-6.
“He is big, works hard and has given us more than we anticipated,” Martinez said.
The Bulldogs also boast seven seniors on the team, three of which are returning varsity starters.
Martinez will rely on John Bradburn, Kyle Wood and Steven Stine to help provide leadership and a spark of life at the right times.
“All our guys know their roles and perform them well, but what those three guys do, so does the rest of the team,” Martinez said, noting their influence on the court.
As with all teams, the earlier part of the season is spent fine tuning and building consistency.
“Our offense is a little inconsistent right now,” Martinez said. “Our defense has kept us in games, especially when our offense is sluggish.”
The Bulldogs currently hold a 7-9 mark, and an 0-2 District 13-2A record.
Also competing in District 13-2A are Faith Family, Red Oak Life, Dallas Life Academy, Malakoff, Scurry-Rosser, Palmer and Kemp.
Faith Family, Red Oak Life, Dallas Life and Malakoff appear to be getting the most discussion of playoff possibilities.
Although Eustace has faced Malakoff and lost twice this year – once in a tournament, and in their district opener – the Bulldog defense kept the game close.
“We’ll be right in the middle of the pack of playoff contenders,” Martinez said.
With their increased size, athleticism, speed and strength, Eustace will use a fast-paced, aggressive game plan to get people talking.

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