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Trojans outlast Bulldogs in Bi-district playoff

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ENNIS–The Eustace Bulldogs season came to an end at the hand of the West Trojans Feb. 21 at Ennis High School.
Eustace never led in the contest as they fell to West, 66-53, ending their season Tuesday night.
After falling behind 4-0, Christian Case knocked down the first basket of the night for the Bulldogs.
Another 7-0 run forced a Bulldogs’ timeout with 4:29 remaining in the first quarter as they trailed the Trojans 11-2.
A layup from Mark Patek and a couple free throws from Cooper Reeve made it an 18-8 game. Case hit a late three-pointer for the Bulldogs as their deficit was 23-11 after eight minutes of play.
Case began the second quarter the same way with a three-point shot, followed by a layup from Patek. Patek then added a steal and an assist as he fed Case for a layup to quickly make it a 27-18 game, forcing a West timeout.
Patek added another steal in the quarter as they dished the ball to Case, who then fed the ball to Kayleb Angel to close the gap to 27-20.
The Bulldogs would head into halftime trailing the Trojans 35-22.
Patek added four early points in the third quarter to trim the West lead to 37-24.
Eustace would add 14 more points in the quarter as they faced a 48-38 deficit heading into the fourth quarter.
After a couple early free throws from Reeve, the Trojans rattled off 10 points to take a 58-44 lead.
Back-to-back baskets from Patek and Case trimmed the Trojans lead to 58-48 before a shot by Nico Payne made it an eight-point game.
Payne added two more free throws late, but the Bulldogs couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell short to the Trojans.
Patek lead the way for the Bulldogs offensively with 18 points against the Trojans with Case following right behind with a 12-point performance.
Payne added seven points with Reeve registering six points for the Bulldogs.
Eustace wraps up the 2021-22 season at 17-19 overall and as Bi-district finalists.