The Bunceton boys basketball team sure like the close games.
After beating Tuscumbia last week in overtime 76-69, the Dragons had yet another close game Tuesday night at home against Otterville by beating the Eagles 60-58.
As for the Bunceton girls, they fell in a tight game against Otterville 47-43.
While the win improved the Bunceton boys to 2-0 on the season, head coach Dustin Ray said this was another hard fought victory for the guys. “We have been able to execute when we have needed to, which has been the deciding factor in our games,” Ray said. “Brayden Doyle had another double-double in the game. As a unit, we have excelled in playing together, and trusting one another to do their job. They are beginning to believe.”
Trailing by one at 25-24 at the half and 47-41 after three quarters of play, the Dragons picked the perfect time to have their best scoring quarter of the game in the fourth by holding a 19-11 advantage for the victory.
Senior Brayden Doyle finished the game with a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Dillon Alpers finished the game with 15 points and seven boards while Jason Burnett chipped in eight points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, Layne Maddex six points, five rebounds and one assist, Hunter Shuffield two points, four rebounds and two steals and Dylan Flatt with two points and one rebound.
For Otterville, Isiah Gilmore had 17, Cyrus Gilmore 16 and Ben Morris 10.
As for the Bunceton girls, they trailed Otterville 24-19 at the half and 34-26 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 17-13 advantage in the fourth to cut it back to four.
Ray said the girls played a terrible game on both sides of the ball. “Plain and sime the girls gave a game away,” Ray said. “Shooting 10 of 54 from the field and 20 of 33 from the line is the reason we lost. We gave a great deal of effort in the fourth but it was just too little too late. We have to find a way to execute when we get the chance and we are continuing to fail at that part of the game. Our mental game is lacking in all areas.”
Abby Nichols had 14 points, Carrie Jo McKinney 11 and Josie Neal 10 to lead Otterville.
For Bunceton, 0-2, Taylor Burnett finished the game with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Madelynn Myers had 10 points, one rebound and one steal while Chloe Moser added nine points, 12 rebounds and one steal, Cara Bishop seven points, five rebounds and two steals, Reagan Triebsch two points, eight rebounds, five steals and one assist, Maddie Brandes two points and nine rebounds and Taylyn Heilman with one rebound.
In the game against Tuscumbia back on November 20th, the Bunceton boys won 76-69 in four overtimes while the Bunceton girls fell 48-46.
Ray said the boys went to war against Tuscumbia. “A win in four overtimes is great and we only have six players,” Ray said. “they showed a lot of heart and discipline to pull out a tough game against a good Tuscumbia team.”
Brayden Doyle had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead Bunceton.
Jason Burnett had 18 points and seven rebounds while Hunter Shuffield added 17 points and five rebounds, Dillon Alpers 14 points and seven rebounds, Layne Maddex two points and seven rebounds and Dylan Flatt with seven rebounds.
For the Bunceton girls, Ray said the girls played a solid game. “We went into the fourth trailing by 14 and made a very nice comeback,” Ray said. “We missed a couple layups and free throws late in the fourth that could have been a difference maker. A solid first game from these girls. I am excited for the rest of this season.”
Taylor Burnett had 14 points and two rebounds for Bunceton. Chloe Moser chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds while Cara Bishop added six points and six rebounds, Madelynn Myers and Maddie Brandes each with six points and five rebounds and Reagan Triebsch with two points and four rebounds.