The Bulldogs survived a late scare by Elgin in their opening basketball of the season to defeat the Owls 69-68 on Thursday night.
Jayden Benway scored 32 with pace the Bulldogs. Coach Nathan Pennypacker picked up his first win as the Bulldogs head coach.
“I’m happy to get the win,” said Pennypacker. “I proud of how my boys competed. I think the future looks bright for us.”
The Bulldogs were undersized at almost every match-up. However, they still attacked the rim on offense and battled as best they could on the boards at both ends of the floor.
Pennypacker mentioned to his team in the locker room about the need to cut down on their 14 turnovers. He would also like to see some more fast break points.
The Bulldogs that are coming out for basketball fresh off their championship run in football are still trying to get their court legs under them. Pennypacker went to his bench often and several players rotated at different positions.
The Bulldogs have to put this win in their pocket quickly. They host Burkburnett tonight at 6 pm.
In the early game, the Lady Bulldogs had some trouble with the 6’3” inside presence of Selena McDonald as she went for 17 points. The final was Elgin Lady Owls 53-31 over the lady Bulldogs.
Jordan Benway paced the girls with 11 points. The Lady Bulldogs were 10-23 on free throws.
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