Bulldogs grab No. 2 seed for regionals

Published 9:31 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

King’s Fork High School boys’ basketball team will have the No. 2 seed in the Class 4 Region A playoffs and will host in the first round.

After finishing the season with a 15-7 record, the Bulldogs were able to secure the No. 2 seed in the Class 4 Region A tournament. They will host the winner between Denbigh High School and Deep Creek High School.

The Bulldogs didn’t quite finish the regular season how they had hoped; however, Coach Rick Hite is confident about the team’s focus going into the playoffs.

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“We didn’t finish how I would have liked, but our overall body of work gave us a chance to host a playoff game,” Hite said. “I feel like we had one of the toughest schedules in the state, which I feel like has prepared us for this moment.”

The main thing the Bulldogs want to tighten up for Tuesday’s matchup is defense. Hite believes if the team defends like they have been for most of the year, they have a good chance to go as far as they want in the playoffs. King’s Fork has yet to lose to a Class 4 Region A team this season.

“We have been preparing for this all season long,” Hite said. “We have an emotional last few games, but we have some time to gather ourselves and refocus. But we feel like we are ready and prepare for this moment.”

If the Bulldogs do indeed play Deep Creek, it will be the third matchup between the two teams. King’s Fork has won both meetings. If they play Denbigh, it will be the first time the two teams have seen each other this season.

“It’s playoff basketball and competitive basketball,” Hite said. “Regardless of the opponent, we have to make sure we are withstanding adversity. We want to make sure we continue sharing the ball and playing within ourselves.”

King’s Fork will host the winner between Deep Creek and Denbigh at 7 p.m. Tuesday.