News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Heath Harris made a couple of highlight-reel plays Friday night, but Frostproof held on for the win.
published: Sunday, December 09, 2012
Bulldogs put Dragons in the dog pound
By ERIKA CORD
LAKE PLACID - Thursday night's game against the Frostproof Bulldogs had left everyone in the stands appreciative of a great game of basketball.
Most thought that the Dragons might add another win to their already 2-3 season record because of the tight leash they had on the Bulldogs throughout the first half, but they couldn't keep them tame in the second.
"We really need to work on finishing the whole game," said Lake Placid head coach John Million. "Although we played a decent game."
With Marty Hickey and Nick Tuason racking up the foul shots in the first quarter, it put Lake Placid at a close two-point lead over Frostproof.
Anfernee Munnings threw a couple of clean shots as well, adding four points to the score of 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Things begin to heat up in the second quarter as Heath Harris stole the ball from the Bulldogs and ran it back down the court and banked it in off the backboard for two points, to go along with some style points as well.
Benny Aguilar and Tuason also bumped the score up with a couple of two pointers.
Harris again made a play that dropped jaws and raised cheers when he jumped and received the ball off of a rebound, and ran it down court to where he threw in a nifty reverse lay-up for another two points on the board.
"I'm very proud of the team; they stayed in the game the entire time and kept up a really great hustle," Million explained. "The only thing we really need to work on is getting all the free throws we can get."
Ending the clock at half with a score of a breaking even 23-23.
The second half saw just as much action as the first as Munnings sank a three-pointer and brought the crowd to its' feet.
Though, this would stand as Lake Placid's only connection from beyond the arc for the whole game.
Nathan Stanley and Tuason helped keep them in the game with some more traditional three-point plays.
And Tuason would rack up a team-high 10 points.
But he was the only Dragon in double figures and the Bulldogs would create enough space to hold on for the 66-57 win.
"We do have new coaches so we are trying to do the best we can, but we are extremely proud of the game the kids played tonight." said Million with a smile after the game.
In the upcoming week, the Dragons face Sebring Monday night at home and are at Avon Park on Tuesday.
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