Malakoff gets seventh district win over Eustace
MALAKOFF–The Malakoff Tigers kept their undefeated district record intact with a home win over the Eustace Bulldogs Jan. 28.
The Tigers, much like the Lady Tigers in their game against Eustace, got off to a 6-0 start against the Bulldogs in the first quarter.
An and-1 from Nathan Jones increased the Malakoff lead to 11-2. The Tigers increased their lead to 12-5 heading into the second quarter.
Klayton Copeland began the second quarter with two free throws for the Tigers to make it a 16-7 game.
Despite a basket from Charles Spencer, the Bulldogs struggled to find their offense early in the second quarter as they trailed 20-9.
Cooper Cates knocked down a three-pointer for Eustace to cut the deficit to 20-12.
After a 5-0 Malakoff run, Gabriel Ocanas hit another three-point shot for the Bulldogs to make it a 25-15 game.
Ocanas knocked down another three-pointer off a no-look pass from Cates as Eustace still trailed 28-18 at halftime.
Copeland and Cooper Reeve traded layups for Malakoff and Eustace early in the third quarter as the Tigers led the Bulldogs 32-22.
A 17-5 run from the Tigers put Malakoff ahead 49-27 entering the final eight minutes of regulation.
After getting down 24 points midway through the fourth quarter after a basket from the Tigers’ Andreas Garrett, Ocanas caught fire for the Bulldogs, knocking down four straight three-point shots for Eustace in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.
Despite the push back, the Tigers picked up the victory over the Bulldogs, 62-45.
The Bulldogs were led by Ocanas, who notched 19 points in the loss to Malakoff.
Copeland racked up 24 points for the Tigers in the win over the Bulldogs.
Garrett, Keevy Rose and Dedric Davis each added eight points for Malakoff.
The loss drops Eustace to 11-12 overall and 4-3 in district play. The Bulldogs hit the court Feb. 4 on the road against the Blooming Grove Lions at 5 p.m.
The win moves Malakoff to 15-4 overall and 7-0 to begin district play. The Tigers play next Feb. 4 at home against the Mildred Eagles at 7:15 p.m.