Bulldogs knock off Opp on Senior Night

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 31, 2015

Kendarius Townsend drives strong to the hoop.

Kendarius Townsend drives strong to the hoop.

The Andalusia Bulldogs topped the Opp Bobcats 62-46 Friday night in Andalusia for Senior Night.


The game started with both teams shooting solid from the floor, but the Bulldogs held an 18-16 lead at the end of the first period. B.J. Anderson led the way for the Bulldogs with 8 points in the first period, including a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Kendarius Townsend and Trevor Parker each finished the first with 3 points.


The Bobcats’ top scorer in the first period was Devontae Williams with 6 points. Chris Morrow finished the first period 5 points, and Hennis Washington added 2 points.


In the second period, the lead went back and forth before the Bulldogs took a 31-28 lead into halftime. Raheem Bonam paced the Bobcats in the second period with 4 points, and a handful of Bobcats finished with 2 points.


DeVante Jackson started to heat up with 6 points in the second period. Anderson added 3 more points in the second period to push his total to 11 points in the first half.


The Bobcats tied the game up early in the third period at 33-33, but then the Bulldogs went on a 21-5 run over the last five minutes of the third period to take a 54-38 lead into the final period. Parker and Townsend took turns stealing the ball around half court then taking it the other way for 2 points. Parker and Townsend each finished the third period with 9 points.


The Bulldogs remained diligent in the fourth period, and held off the Bobcats for a 62-46 victory. Jackson had 4 of the Bulldogs’ 8 fourth period points.  Alex Sheridan and Anderson added 2 points each.


The Bobcats had 2 points each in the final period from Tye Lindsey, Walker Messer, Dewayne Bonam and Morrow.


Morrow led the Bobcats with 13 points, and Williams finished with 9 points.


“Our numbers are a bit down right now, and our legs were out,” Bobcats’ head coach Sterling Driver said. “This was our fourth game this week. I was proud of the way we played in the first half, and our goal has been to get better for the area tournament. I’m very proud of the guys we have left, and I would take them to war with me.”


Anderson led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Jackson tallied 13 points in the contest, and Townsend racked up 12 points.


“It’s great to get a win on the last game of the regular season, but now it turns into a one game season in the playoffs,” Bulldogs’ head coach Richard Robertson said. “We have made a lot of progress so far this season, but there is still plenty of work left to do. I’m very proud of this group of kids. They have stuck it out and stayed the course. I appreciate every one of them for doing that. I have driven them very hard at times, but they have done everything that I’ve asked of them. Now we will give it our best shot in the playoffs, and hope for the best.”


The Bobcats will play Hillcrest for the opening round of the area tournament Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Brewton.


The Bulldogs are hosting the Class 4A Area 2 tournament, and will face Ashford on Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.