Bulldogs extend win streak

Published 9:20 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2017

King’s Fork High School’s boys’ basketball team defeated Great Bridge for the second time this season, stretching its conference streak.

The Bulldogs picked up the win, 69-64, Tuesday against Great Bridge, gaining their fifth conference win.

In the first game the Bulldogs grabbed a 56-42 win, but in the second game, the Bulldogs struggled a bit.

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After a home loss against Smithfield on Saturday, Bulldogs coach Josh Worrell had hoped his team would come out with more energy. Instead, the Bulldogs struggled so much so that Worrell didn’t think his team deserved to win the game.

“We were not very good at all,” Worrell said. “Luckily the kids trusted me down the stretch and believed in what we were trying to do and found a way to win down the stretch. Great Bridge is a well-coached team, and they shot the ball well down the stretch.”

James Hatton led the way for the Bulldogs with 22 points, and Raemaad Wright added 19 points and 13 rebounds.

“We played a solid game,” Wright said. “I think we let the first game between them and us get to our heads. We got off to a sloppy start, and it showed. The game was closer than it was supposed to be. Overall, we trusted each other and got the job done.”

Halfway through conference play, the Bulldogs sit at 5-0 with an overall record of 11-4. Next, the Bulldogs will take on Lake Taylor in another Conference 17 game. Last year, the Bulldogs lost to Lake Taylor twice.

“We’ve got to make sure we get up and down the floor,” Worrell said. “We have to be able to handle their pressure and make them pay for them trying to press us. I think the kids will be fired up for the game and want to bounce back.”