Dawgs take round one at home
by TONY MCGUIRE
The cross-town rivalry between the Hazard Bulldogs and the Perry County Central Commodores has always been heated, but since the defection of Coach Allan Holland to the Bulldogs, the game between the two has been pushed to a new level. On Tuesday, throngs of fans filled Memorial Gym to see the Bulldogs and Commodores do battle.
The Commodores opened the game with a slow methodical and deliberate pace that allowed them to dictate the flow of the game. On the other side of the floor, the Bulldogs were having trouble getting into the offense and getting a good look at the basket. By the end of the first period, Perry Central had eked out an 11-8 advantage.
Perry Central continued to dictate the pace at the beginning of the second period, but as the quarter wore on, Hazard began to hit their stride. With a couple of minutes left in the half, the Bulldogs made a move that tied the score, and eventually sent them to the locker room with a three-point advantage (26-23).
The Bulldogs struggled to keep the Commodores at bay during the third quarter. Hazard managed to stay one-step ahead throughout the period, and looked to be in good shape for the final stanza. However, the Commodores hit a big “3” at the buzzer to send the game into the final eight minutes with just one-point separating the two teams (35-34).
The game continued to remain close early in the fourth quarter, but midway through the intensity of the game began to take its toll on the Commodores. The Bulldogs pulled away down the stretch behind a stellar defensive performance, and went on to win the first meeting of the season by the final count of 51-39.
The loss drops the Commodores record to 2-3, while the Bulldogs remain perfect with a 4-0 record.
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