Bulldogs play host for varsity basketball tournament
EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs hosted their annual Dog Pound varsity basketball tournament Dec. 12-14 at Eustace High School.
The Kennedale Wildcats came out on top in the tournament in the varsity division as they took home first place after five games in three days.
The Kemp Yellowjackets kicked off the varsity portion of the tournament Thursday morning as they took on Rusk.
Rusk opened the scoring in a huge way as they rattled off the first 13 points of the game before Klay Karl got the ’Jackets on the board with a layup late in the first quarter.
Kemp got two more points as they trailed 13-4 entering the second quarter.
Kemp added a few more points courtesy of Travis Munden on a few free throws, along with another free throw from Colt Noey and a three-pointer from Elijah Dubois as they trailed Rusk 29-11 at halftime.
Noey began the third quarter with a layup, but Kemp managed just four more points the rest of the quarter as they sat behind Rusk 47-14 as they began the fourth quarter.
Two late free throws from Dubois would wrap up the scoring for Kemp as they fell to Rusk 64-21.
Dubois led the way for Kemp with nine points in the loss, along with six points from Karl and five points from Noey.
Up next was the Kerens Bobcats, who fell after an offensive outburst from the Ferris Yellowjackets as the Bobcats fell 73-45.
Then the host Eustace Bulldogs took on the Dallas A+ Academy Knights in their first game of the tournament.
Eustace struggled in the opening eight minutes against the Knights as they fell behind 17-6. A late three-pointer from Paxton Schwartz made it 19-11 after the first quarter.
An early layup from Cooper Reeve and a three-pointer from Mark Patek made it a 19-18 game.
With the Knights ahead 21-20, Reeve knocked down a three-point shot to give Eustace their first lead of the game as they moved in front 23-21.
The Bulldogs scored nine unanswered points to end the first half as they led the Knights 32-21 at halftime.
Eustace added another 16 points with two big three-pointers from Patek and Christian Case gave the Bulldogs a 48-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs exploded for 21 more points in the fourth quarter as they took down the Knights in their first game, 69-47.
Patek led the Bulldogs with 18 points in the win over the Knights.
Schwartz added 17 points with Reeve knocking down 16 points for the Bulldogs in the victory.