Bulldogs Take Over in Fourth

WOLFHURST — After playing almost even with Frontier for nearly three quarters Thursday night, Bridgeport finally was able to catch an opening.

And when they did, the Bulldogs found the path to their sixth victory of the season.

Macrea Doyle scored 21 points and Trevonn Ray added 13 as Bridgeport edged Frontier, 55-48, in the second game between the teams in as many days.

“I think we just clamped down defensively a little bit better,” Bridgeport coach Donnie Cash said, referencing Wednesday night’s 54-46 loss to the Cougars in Beaverton.

“We had a lot of mental breakdowns in that game.”

They were also without the services of Doyle and Ray for a large portion of the game due to the duo being in foul trouble. There were no such issues as the teams played inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium, and both players provided consistent scoring in all four quarters.

The duo came up especially huge during a 9-0 run late in the third period that proved to be the difference in the game.

Bridgeport (6-11) had led by six, 37-31, but Frontier (3-11) cut its deficit to one on back-to-back baskets by Toby Minder and Graham Ward.

Ray then canned a 3, which was followed by a layup from CJ Justice, who finished with 11 points. After Doyle scored five straight points, the final basket a trey, the Bulldogs held a 46-16 advantage.

“We were just moving the ball well,” Cash said of the sequence. “Mac had a big 3 in the corner and Trevonn had a few good takes to the basket and it just opened the space.”

From there, Bridgeport slowed the pace and the Cougars went to a man-to-man defense, something that didn’t happen down the stretch Wednesday.

“We took care of the ball in the fourth,” Cash said.

And made some clutch shots.

After Frontier cut Bridgeport’s lead to three, 47-44, on Shon Howell’s basket, Justice came back with a layup making it a five-point game again. The Cougars go no closer.

Howell paced Frontier with 12 points, while Ward and Brent West both had 10.

“I was happy with how the kids responded,” Cash said. “That was our third games in three nights and we have another one (tonight at Barnesville). It’s a tough schedule but we want to get them in. We just have to get better.

“‘Well have a little window coming up, but we have to focus on the task at hand. I liked the way we played.”