If Tuesday night is any indication on how the District 1-3A play on the boysâ€™ side is going to be, then the next several weeks are going to be filled with several heated contest between four solid teams,
In the District 1-3A opener between the Borger Bulldogs and Perryton Rangers at Tex Hanna Gym, the two teams battled back and forth in an entertaining matchup.
Unfortunately, good shooting from behind the three point line, solid free throw shooting, and taking advantage of no shot clock, in order to play stall ball, allowed the Rangers to leave Borger with 71-59 win.
Throughout the game, the Bulldogs did a solid job attacking the basket, led by junior Jamon Hearon who had a big night scoring 34 points.
Perryton would score the gamesâ€™ first basket, but the two teams would go back and forth in the first period, with Hearon scoring 12 points in the first eight minutes to give Borger a 16-12 lead.
Three pointers by Hearon and senior Grant Boren allowed the Bulldogs to build a six point lead, 24-18, by the 5:50 mark of the second period.
Perryton would answer by nailing a couple of outside shots to go on a 10-2 run to take a two point lead with just over two minutes to go before halftime.
However the Bulldogs would be the team ending the first half with the hot hand by scoring seven straight points, including a three pointer by Hearon at the buzzer to give Borger a 33-28 lead at halftime.
To start the third period, the Bulldogs continued to be hot and were able to build a nine point lead, after a put in near the basket by senior Daniel Salinas.
But the Rangers once again were able to respond by using three three pointers to go on an 11-0 run to eventually take a two point lead.
Borger and Perryton would end the third period with the score tied at 45-45. A basket by Salinas gave Borger a 47-45 lead at the 7:45 mark of the fourth period.
Unfortunately, this would prove to be the last lead in the game for the Bulldogs, as Perryton would go on an 8-0 run to take a 47-53 lead.
Twice in the fourth period, the Bulldogs would pull back to within one point. But Bulldog foul trouble allowed the Rangers to take their time and kill a lot of time off the clock in the final minutes leading yo the Bulldogs having to foul. The Rangers would connect on eight free throw attempts in the final three minutes helping the Rangers pull away for the win.
The Bulldogs drop to 9-12 overall, 0-1 in district, while Perryton improves to 18-5 overall, 1-0 in district play.
The Bulldogs will look to get on the district win column Friday night when they welcome rival Pampa to Tex Hanna Gym for a 7:30 p.m. tip off.
Game stats: 2PT-14/28 for 50%; 3PT-4/12 for 33%; Total FG-18/40 for 45%; FT-Borger 19/20 for 95% Perryton 17/27 for 63%; Total rebounds-Borger23 Perryton 21; Turnovers-Borger 17 Perryton 13
Borger individual stats: Jamon Hearon 34 pts 1 reb 4 asts 3 stls; Cameron Maxwell 5 pts 3 rebs; Dillon Carrillo 2 pts 1 stl; Tyrell Haynes 2 pts 9 rebs 1 ast; Kolter Newton 2 pts; Grant Boren 6 pts 1 reb 3 stls; Aaron Smith 1 stl; Daniel Salinas 6 pts 5 rebs 1 blk; Seth Rawlinson 2 pts 3 rebs 2 asts.
Perryton 12 28 45 71
Borger 16 33 45 59
JV Score: Perryton 54 Borger 37