Patrick King returned to the Hardin-Central lineup Tuesday night and despite playing with a splint on his shooting hand, managed to hit for 18 points to boost the Bulldogs to a 59-53 win at Polo.
The victory evened Hardin-Central’s record to 1-1 and Coach Kirk Thacker said having the returning top scorer from last year back on the court was welcomed.
“We played much better tonight,” he said. “Glad to have Patrick back and his scoring ability. It was definitely a team effort to get the win. The boys played extremely hard and came closer to finding our team’s identity.”
Thacker added it was a big night for the Carpenter brothers – Mark and Daniel. Mark ended the night with 17 points and 16 rebounds, while Daniel added 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals and 8 assists.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Chris Herring with 5 points, followed by Chris Wilson with 3 and Damon Johnson with 2. Wilson also grabbed 6 rebounds while dishing out a pair of assists. King added 8 rebounds and 3 steals to his nightly effort.
Polo had three players reach double figures with Cody Drew hitting for a team-high 14, while Josh Junco and Dalton Rardon each scored 10.