Bulldogs can’t hang on, fall to Chickasha 49-45


By Ryan Lewis - ryan@altustimes.com



The Altus High School boys’ basketball team is fresh off its two closest losses of the season when the team fell to Duncan High School by the final score of 52-44 before dropping its final game of the Chickasha tournament by a score of 49-45.

Most everything seemed to be going right for the Bulldogs who made 45 percent of their shots from the field and 44 percent of their shots from three-point range, but even on a bad shooting night for Chickasha — 30 percent from the field and 15 percent from long distance — the Fighting Chicks managed to pull out a win and hand Altus its 10th straight loss.

Altus led for most of the game, building a 17-0 lead in the first quarter before Chickasha was able to score its first points of the game on a bucket by Chickasha’s Deonte Wash. Wash scored the Fighting Chicks’ first three baskets of the game.

Even with the Fighting Chicks on the board for the first time, Altus continued to pour in the points and built a 14-point lead over Chickasha as the two teams headed into the break.

But Chickasha fought back in the second half and overcame the deficit to shock the Bulldogs and fans in attendance with a the victory.

The Bulldogs held the edge on the glass and with assists, pulling down 30 rebounds — six more than Chickasha — and assisting on five baskets. Where the Fighting Chicks had the advantage against Altus was in the steals column.

Chickasha was active on defense, swiping 11 balls from the Bulldogs. The steals and points that followed played a large role in allowing the Fighting Chicks back into the game.

Carson Pickett had 13 points, five rebounds and one assist in the game, making all three of his three-point baskets during the big Altus run in the first and second quarters.

Wash scored nine of his 11 points in the second quarter to help put the Fighting Chicks back into the game. By the end of the third quarter, Chickasha had cut Altus’ lead to just five and David Thibodeaux-Benoit tied the game at 38 before a three-point shot by Logan Johnson gave the Fighting Chicks its first lead of the game.

Altus bounced back and regained the lead but Chickasha put together a 7-0 run to go up by six.

The Altus Bulldogs will return to the Clester Harrington Court on Friday when they host the Cache Bulldogs at 8 p.m.

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

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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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