Eustace overcomes late deficit to win
Posted by : January 31, 2013| On :
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldog boys basketball team overcame a 12-point, third-period deficit to defeat the visiting Kemp Yellowjackets 51-47 Friday.
The first half of the game was close, with each team playing solid defense. In the second period, however, the Kemp offense broke loose with a strong offensive run to take a 21-16 lead at halftime.
The run continued in the third period, with Kemp rallying off eight quick points to Eustace’s one point to pull ahead 12 points, 29-17. “We responded with a 13-1 run to tie the game at 30, before Kemp scored at the end of the third to take a 32-30 lead,” Eustace head coach Chad Martinez explained.
The Bulldogs outscored the Yellowjackets 21-15 in the fourth period, including hitting 12-of-14 free throws to seal the game.
Kyle Wood led the Eustace offense with 16 points, and John Bradburn followed with 15 points.
“It was, once again, a great team effort defensively by the Bulldogs,” Martinez said.
On Jan. 22, the Bulldogs fell to the hosting Malakoff Tigers, 64-60, in overtime.
“It was the most complete game we have played from start to finish all year long,” Martinez said. “We didn’t end up with the win, but I am very proud of how we played.”
Eustace took an early, 14-7, lead after the first period. Malakoff, however, closed the gap in the second period, outscoring the ’Dogs 16-10, leave Eustace on top by one point, 24-23.
Malakoff made up that one point in the third period, scoring 13 points to Eustace’s 12. Both teams scored 15 in the final period, maintaining the tie at 51-51.
In overtime, Malakoff sealed the win after scoring 13 points, while holding Eustace to nine.
Bradburn led the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Steven Stine and Chance Scott followed with 14 points each.
“Wood managed the game well and took care of the basketball,” Martinez commented. “Forrest Lane didn’t score, but was instant energy and played great defense all night. Just a true team effort from everyone.”
The Bulldogs traveled to Red Oak on Friday, and will return home Feb. 1 to host Dallas Life Oak.