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Bulldogs victorious in season opener

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Eustace’s Reeve and Ocanas drive offense against Frankston

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EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs varsity basketball team won their season opener over the Frankston Indians Nov. 25 at Eustace High School.
After the Indians put up the first two points of the game, two free throws from Cooper Reeve and a layup from Mark Patek put Eustace in front 4-2.
A late three-pointer from Gabriel Ocanas capped the scoring in the first quarter as the Bulldogs led the Indians 9-2 after the first eight minutes of play.
The Indians scored the first six points of the second quarter to close the gap to 9-8 before a three-pointer from Eustace’s Andrew Miller gave the Bulldogs a 12-8 lead.
Patek hit a late three-pointer to make it a 20-12 game before Eustace took a timeout with 2:34 remaining in the first half.
A free throw from Paxton Schwartz and a three-point shot from Ocanas gave Eustace a 26-18 lead heading into halftime.
The Indians pushed the tempo to begin the second half as they rattled off five straight points to begin the third quarter to take a 27-26 lead over the Bulldogs.
Two free throws from Reeve put Eustace back in front 28-27. A three-pointer from Ocanas gave Eustace a little breathing room at 31-27.
Leading 31-29, the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run, capped by an and-1 from Reeve to put Eustace ahead 41-29. Ocanas knocked down another three-point shot to wrap up the scoring in the third quarter as the Bulldogs led 44-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Cade Adair broke up a 4-0 run by Frankston with a three-pointer to make it a 51-35 game in favor of Eustace as they went on their own 7-0 run.
Adair knocked down two free throws late as the Bulldogs sealed their first victory of the season over the Indians, 56-37.
The Bulldogs were led by Reeve and Ocanas as they each notched 17 points apiece in the victory over the Indians.
Adair added seven points with Patek putting up five points for Eustace against Frankston.
The win begins the Bulldogs’ season at 1-0. Eustace returns to the court after the Thanksgiving break Tuesday, Dec. 3 on the road against Tyler Chapel Hill with tipoff set for 5 p.m.