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Wildcats edge Bulldogs on Senior night

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Eustace can’t recover from rough start against Scurry-Rosser


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EUSTACE–The Eustace Bulldogs fell on their home court against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats on Senior night Feb. 18.
Before the game, Eustace honored their graduating seniors, including Team Managers Eduardo Valencia, Zackery Usmiller, players Mason Watt, Andrew Miller, Marquavius Reynolds, Charles Spencer and Cooper Cates on their last home game at Eustace High School.
The Bulldogs had a rough start to the night as the Wildcats kicked off the game with a 5-0 run.
Cooper Cates got the Bulldogs on the board first to trim the deficit to 5-2.
Eustace struggled on offense the rest of the quarter as Scurry-Rosser went on an 8-0 run before a steal from Mark Patek led to the final basket of the first quarter for the Bulldogs as they trailed 15-4 after eight minutes of play.
Cates knocked down a three-pointer at the beginning of the second quarter to make it an 18-7 game.
The Bulldogs outscored the Wildcats 12-11 the rest of the first half, including two late three-point shots from Gabriel Ocanas as the Bulldogs trailed 29-19 at halftime.
Cooper Reeve led off the third quarter with a basket for Eustace to make it 31-21. Back-to-back three-pointers from Patek and Ocanas made it a six-point game as Eustace trailed 35-29.
Ocanas hit a basket early for the Bulldogs to make it 40-33 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
Reeve added a layup and a three-pointer to make it 44-38 as the Bulldogs pushed late for a comeback effort.
Ocanas added his fourth three-pointer of the game late, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs fell to the Wildcats, 49-41.
Ocanas led the Bulldogs with 18 points in their game against Scurry-Rosser.
Reeve added 11 points, Patek had seven points and Cates notched five points against the Wildcats.
The loss wraps up the regular season for Eustace at 15-14 overall and 8-5 in district play.
Eustace will take on the Palmer Bulldogs Feb. 21 at Scurry-Rosser High School to determine the #3 and #4 seeds for playoffs. The two teams will play at 6 p.m.
The loser will be the #4 seed and play Grandview Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Waxahachie High School. The winner will take the #3 seed and play Keene following the Grandview game at 7:30 pm.