JV Bulldogs split weekend games
By Greg Sullivan
The JV Dogs split their games over the weekend, blowing out North Oconee Friday 48-25 and falling to Putnam 64-51 on Saturday.
After down by one going into the second quarter, the JV Dogs built a 22-11 half-time lead over the JV Titans in Madison, on their way to an easy win.
"I thought we started off sluggish in the first quarter," said JV Head Coach Jonathan Nelson. "In the second quarter we turned the defensive intensity up and got some easy buckets in transition and that carried us through the game."
Nelson said he was also pleased with his team's post play in the win.
Terence Harper and Curtis Perryman led the team with 10 points apiece. Dexter Cooper had nine points and eight rebounds.
At Putnam Saturday, the team hung around, but couldn't overcome a tough third quarter.
Down five at the half, Putnam extended their 34-29 lead to 53-38 going into the final period on their way to a 13-point win.
"We knew coming in that they had this game circled because we beat them at the buzzer at our place," Nelson said. "They came out aggressive and we responded well. We went cold in the third and had a couple of defensive breakdowns that led to easy baskets for them."
The team fought until the Putnam lead was back into single digits in the fourth but couldn't pull out the comeback.
Damion Hammonds led the JV Dogs with 11 points against Putnam and LaBenta Young had 10. Terence Harper, Dexter Cooper and Dell Stokes all added six points apiece.
The JV Dogs have a big week ahead of them. They compete in a JV tournament at Alcovy High School in Covington starting Wednesday. They take on St. Pius at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the tourney opener. If they win they'll take on Alcovy High School on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The tournament's final and consolation games will be held Saturday.
The JV Dogs will play their final game of the regular season in the midst of this tournament. They host Oglethorpe on Friday in the final JV game to be held at the current gym.