By W. BRIAN HALEEagle Sports WriterCORDOVA — The Dora Bulldogs built a big first-half lead, then stopped a second-half rally by the Cordova Blue Devils with solid free throw shooting and execution …
By W. BRIAN HALE
Eagle Sports Writer
CORDOVA — The Dora Bulldogs built a big first-half lead, then stopped a second-half rally by the Cordova Blue Devils with solid free throw shooting and execution to win 49-38 on Monday night at Cordova.
Brent Geeter led Dora with 12 points, with Tavares Howard scoring nine and Knoxx Eustice adding eight points.
Kam Cooper led Cordova with 17 points, including 15 second-half points, while Kason Smith had six points.
The Bulldogs proved fluid on offense and defense in the first period, with Howard scoring eight points, helping Dora taking a 17-3 advantage.
Dora (4-5) held the scoring edge in the second period 10-7, to build a 17-point lead at the half, 27-10.
The Bulldogs hit a field goal to reach their largest scoring advantage of the game, 19 points, shortly after play resumed before the Blue Devils began a rally. Cordova outscored Dora by a point, 13-12, to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 39-23, going into the final period.
The Blue Devils continued to cut into the Bulldogs’ lead throughout the fourth period — coming within six points, 40-34, with three minutes left on the clock.
Dora was able to turn to Geeter, whose clutch free-throw shooting, together with the team’s good ball handling, provided the edge in the 49-38 final.
“I’m proud of the way we played in the first half, but disappointed in the second half,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “We have to stay focused all the way through and finish games, but it was a good team win and I was pleased to see them play as a unit.”
Cordova won the girls game, beating Dora 49-35.
Dora hosts the Hayden Wildcats in area play on Friday.
Cordova plays at Carbon Hill tonight.