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Neither the Hardin-Central Bulldogs or the Breckenridge Bulldogs could mount much of an offense Monday night in their CLAA contest at Breckenridge, but the visitors had just enough for a 46-44 victory.
The win pushes Hardin-Central to the .500 mark after four games – all of them on the road.
Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker said his team was fortunate to get a win in a tough gym.
“This is a hard gym to play in and we came out flat,” he said. “We always have trouble scoring there and that trend continued Monday. We had a lot of unforced turnovers that made this a tight game. We have to learn to take care of the ball and not throw it away.”
Hardin-Central led after a low-scoring opening period, 5-2, but trailed at the half 14-11. The visitors then had their best offensive quarter of the night in the third frame as they grabbed a 33-28 advantage entering the final period.
Hardin-Central managed just 7 of 20 from the free throw line, while Breckenridge went to the stripe just 4 times and converted one of them.
Daniel Carpenter led the Hardin-Central scoring with 13 points to go with his dozen rebounds, 5 steals and 3 assists. Patrick King also recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds with 4 assists and 3 blocked shots. Chris Herring also posted 12 points with 3 steals. Also scoring were Chris Wilson with 4 points, while Mark Carpenter added 3 points and hit the boards to grab 11 rebounds.
Josh Sayers led Breckenridge with 13 points.