Bulldogs soar past Eagles

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2015


The Andalusia Bulldogs blew past the Pleasant Home Eagles 46-27 Friday night in Richard Robertson Gymnasium in front of a packed house.

Andalusia quickly got on the board first with a long bucket from Trevor Parker and after a steal on the other end of the court, Parker converted a layup to put the Bulldogs on top 4-0.

The Bulldogs increased their lead to 6-0 after B.J Anderson knocked home a pair of free throws.

Andalusia continued to pile on the points early as Anderson banked in a shot under the basket and drew a foul in the process. Anderson converted the old-fashioned 3-point play to put the Bulldogs up 9-0.

Jaxon Rudolp and Alex Sheridan then got in on the scoring to put Andalusia on top 13-0 midway through the opening period.

A few minutes later, Chase Gunter put the Eagles on the board with a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net.

Tyler Myrick added a free throw for the Eagles, but at the end of the first period Andalusia held a 19-4 lead.

Rudolph got the first point of the second period with a free throw, and then Anderson threw down a thunderous dunk on fastbreak following a steal to put give Andalusia a 22-4 lead.

Glenn Crayton increased the Andalusia lead to 24-5 with a fake to his left, spun right and let off a beautiful hook shot for the basket.

Gunter cut the lead down to 24-7 with his third free throw of the second period, and then Myrick came up with a steal that he converted into a layup.

The Bulldogs closed out the second period strong with buckets from Jaden Brown and Charles Locke to give Andalusia a 29-9 lead at halftime.

Anderson got the Bulldogs rolling in the third period with back-to-back baskets off offensive rebounds to put Andalusia up 33-9.

Pleasant Home continued to fight no matter the score and a 3-pointer from Gunter and a basket from Garrett Barton cut the lead down to 33-14.

Parker then pushed the Bulldog lead back up to 21 with a strong layup through traffic.

Andalusia got another bucket Sheridan near the end of the third period, but Gunter and Hunter Ward teamed to for 6 points to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 37-20 heading into the final period.

Ward kept scrapping in the fourth period, opening up by converting a 3-point play and following with a put back jumper to knock the Andalusia lead down to 37-25.

Parker converted another strong layup on the ensuing Bulldog possession.

Ian Peek then knocked down 1-of-2 free throws and Anderson sank a jumper to put Andalusia up 42-25 with 3:30 left in the game.

Anderson put the final nail in the coffin with his second roof-rattling dunk of the game, and James Montgomery followed with a layup to give the Bulldogs a 46-27 victory.

Gunter led the Eagles with 13 points and Ward finished with 9 points.

Anderson was the game’s leading scorer with 17 points for the Bulldogs. Parker finished the night with 8 points.

“First off, hats off to Pleasant Home and Coach (Troy) Turman,” Andalusia head coach Marshall Locke said. “They never quit, even when we got up big on them. Coach Turman is in the process of rebuilding and so far he has done a great job with them.”

As for the way his team played, Locke said he saw things he liked, but also said there is still plenty the Bulldogs need to work on.

“I thought we finally settled down and ran our offense the way we are supposed to,” Locke said. “We are running all the way through our plays and seeing what they were giving us. That was one of the things that I have been telling them, and they did a good job with that tonight. On defense, we played well, but there were still a few breakdowns. That is one aspect of our game that we still have to polish up. Now we have a few days to rest up and catch our breath before we get ready to win our 49th annual invitational next week.”

Beginning Thursday of next week, the Bulldogs will host the annual Andalusia Christmas Invitational.

“We have several teams from Covington County in this year’s tournament, and it should be a really good event,” Locke said.