Jackson County took control of this game early as they jumped out to an early 21-12 lead. However, the Bulldogs thought they had an advantage down low and used this to outscore the Devils 13-10 in the second quarter to go into the half down by six.
The Bulldogs continued to chip away at the lead, as they outscored Jackson 18-14 in the third quarter to find themselves down 46-44 going into the final period of play. The Bulldogs once again had a chance to win this game in the final minutes, but they could never get over the hump as they fell by a final score of 66-59.
Dustin Dozier led all scorers on this night turning in an impressive 22 points. Also scoring on the night was Sam Jones with 12, Dexter White with 11, Heath Dodson with 6, Ben Gentry with 4, and Tyson Jenkins with 4. This was yet another game the Bulldogs could have won, but they had to put it behind them as the Red Boiling Springs Christmas Tournaments was quickly approaching.
The Bulldogs first opponent in the tournament was the lowly Merrol Hyde team from Hendersonville. RBS jumped out to a 21-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way to a 75-22 victory.
Tyson Jenkins was the scoring machine on this night, netting a game high 23 points. Also scoring on the night was Dustin Dozier with 15 points, Dexter White with 14 points, Sam Jones with 8, Ben Gentry with 4, Heath Dodson with 3, Reko Powell with 3, Ethan Russell with 2, Trey Leonard with 2, and Allen Cook with 1.
This set up a rematch with Westmoreland for the Bulldogs. RBS lost just a week earlier to Westmoreland on the road and I am sure the Bulldogs were eager to welcome the Eagles to Red Boiling Springs. The winner of this game would more than likely advance to the championship game, so that certainly put a little more emphasis on this one.
The Bulldogs came out and played a decent first half, while the Eagles could never find their shooting touch. Red Boiling Springs carried a 24-19 lead into the locker room. However, the second half belonged to the Eagles as they outscored the Bulldogs 30-19 to walk away with a 49-43 victory and a trip to the championship game.
Tyson Jenkins and Sam Jones were the only players in double figures for RBS with 12 and 11 points respectively. Also scoring on the night was Dexter White with 9, Heath Dodson with 5, Ben Gentry with 4, and Dustin Dozier with 2.
This loss set up a match up for RBS with the Portland Panthers on Monday, December 19th. The winner of that game would advance to the third place game, while the loser would fall to the fifth and sixth place game.
The game was close for one quarter, as RBS carried a 9-8 lead into the second quarter of action. The Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure in the second period as they held Portland to just two points in the quarter. Red Boiling Springs would score 15 points in the period to take a 14 point lead into the intermission.
The Bulldogs put their game into cruise control during the second half, as they outscored the Panthers 29-25 in the half to walk away with a 53-35 victory. Sam Jones paced the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 points. Also scoring on the night was Dustin Dozier with 11, Heath Dodson with 10, Tyson Jenkins with 6, Dexter White with 5, and Trey Leonard with 2.
This win moves the Bulldogs into the third place game where they will take on cross county rival Macon County. The Bulldogs overall record now stands at 4-8 as they get ready for the visiting Tigers. Tip-off for this game is set for 4:30 P.M. today.