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Meadville’s up-tempo attack was a little too much for the visiting Hardin-Central Bulldogs Friday night as the Eagles grabbed a 68-46 CLAA victory. Bulldog Coach Kirk Thacker said his team managed to keep up with Meadville early, but the Eagle offensive style caught up with them.
“We started out very strong, but we tried playing their run-n-gun game instead of our game,” he said. “Their press really didn’t hurt us, it was the bad passes and missed layups that did. We have a lot of inexperience on the team this year, but we saw some positives Friday.”
Meadville was led by Willie Howe’s game-high 28 points, with Cody Smith adding 23 more. Hardin-Central had two players reach double figures with Mark Carpenter hitting for 13, while his brother Daniel added 11. Mark Carpenter recorded a double double for the night with 11 rebounds to go along with 3 steals. Daniel Carpenter dished out a team-high 5 assists.
Patrick King scored 9 for the Dawgs with 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Also scoring were Chris Wilson with 6, Chris Herring with 3, while Jake Harris and Austin Chase added 2 each.
The Eagles held a 26-14 lead after one period and a 43-27 advantage at the half, and then took a 61-38 cushion into the final frame.