The Altus High School Bulldogs basketball team fall to the Weatherford High School Eagles, 45-34


By Ryan Lewis - ryan@altustimes.com



Davyjon Ford (20) goes up for a layup against Duncan. Against Weatherford, Ford scored nine points in the 45-34 loss.


The road was tough on the Altus Bulldogs boys’ basketball team which made the 88-mile trip to Weatherford on Tuesday to battle the 2-3 Weatherford Eagles. The final outcome of the game was a 45-34 win by the Eagles to drop Altus to 0-3 on the season.

As the Bulldogs work to figure out how to best implement coach Brandon Kephart’s offense, the team has gone from getting blown out, 62-38, at Elgin to battling and keeping victory within reach by applying a stronger defense. In that same time, the offense has struggled a bit for the Bulldogs as they continue to search for the team’s first victory of the season.

Against the Eagles, the game remained close through the first two quarters of the low-scoring affair with Weatherford taking a two-point lead into the second quarter of play.

In the second quarter, it was Weatherford’s Lance Gladbach who did most of the work, scoring eight of the Eagles’ 13 points to give Weatherford a 25-19 lead at halftime.

After being held to four points through the first half, Altus’ Davyjon Ford got going out of the break, knocking down two two-point field goals and a free throw for five points in the third. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs struggled to knock down their shots with Carson Pickett scoring the only other points in the quarter.

Weatherford relied on Gladbach again as he scored four of the Eagles 11 points in the third while Weatherford’s defense held Altus to just seven to take a 36-26 lead into the final quarter of play.

Pickett didn’t knock down his first three-point shot until the fourth quarter where he went on to score six of the Bulldogs eight points in the quarter.

Though Pickett was held in check from deep for most of the game, he made three free throws and two shots from two-point range for a total of 12 points in the game.

Ford added nine points for the Bulldogs and Hunter Webb had six.

For the Eagles, Gladbach led the Eagles with 20 points, Jaxon Thomas had 11 points in the game and BJ Ransome had 10.

Kephart said that the team is still learning but he is seeing progress.

“We’re still learning and getting better every day,” Kephart said. “We only had 14 turnovers against Weatherford and we defended much better as well, but we shot 26 percent. I’m still waiting to see us put defense and offense together in one game.”

The Bulldogs hosted Elk City on Friday night and will travel to Anadarko on Tuesday to take on the Class 4A seventh-ranked Anadarko Warriors at 8 p.m.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Davyjon Ford (20) goes up for a layup against Duncan. Against Weatherford, Ford scored nine points in the 45-34 loss.
http://www.altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_Duncan-at-Altus-boys-42017121514253819.jpgDavyjon Ford (20) goes up for a layup against Duncan. Against Weatherford, Ford scored nine points in the 45-34 loss.

By Ryan Lewis

ryan@altustimes.com

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.

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