Updated Wed, Dec 7, 2011 12:15 am
After turning the ball over nine times and committing ten fouls in the first half, the Athens Bulldogs somehow found themselves tied at half to former conference rival Warren. The Warrior also attributed ten turnovers and fouls in the first half of play, making for a low scoring, 16-16 tie at the break. Athens point guard Devon Sharp got his first start of the season, but was sidelined for the entire second quarter with three fouls.
The Bulldogs’ only scored six points in the third quarter, but their defense forced two more Warren turnovers and held them to just ten points in the third stanza.
But while both teams struggled from behind the arc most of the night, the Warriors hit two back-to-back three pointers with three minutes remaining to spark a game-winning run. The Warriors pulled away late by hitting their free throws, and won the game 46-34.
Despite their first loss of the season, and a double-digit loss at that, Athens Head Coach Jeff Skinner was proud of the way his team played. “We knew it was gonna be a dog fight. Every time we play each other it’s a battle, and I think our kids played a good, hard fought game.”
Unfortunately, a hard fought game wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs tonight, as they drop their third loss to the Warren Warriors in a one-year span. The Bulldogs travel to Mcarthur Friday evening to take on conference rival Vinton County in a pivotal TVC-Ohio matchup. Tip-off is set for 7:30.