Hardin-Central’s Patrick King and Hale’s Kamron Garber hooked up in a scoring duel Monday night as the Bulldogs hosted Hale. Garber lost the individual battle, but the visiting Cardinals won the game 79-61 to hand the Bulldogs their third straight loss and a 2-4 mark in the CLAA.
Patrick King hit for a game-high 26 points, while Garber countered with 25 for Hale. The Bulldogs grabbed a 17-10 lead after the opening 8 minutes as King hit for 8, with Daniel Carpenter scoring 6 of his 14 points to spark the home team to the early advantage. However, Garber, who was held to just a field goal in the first quarter, hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the second period to spark a 20-8 Cardinal scoring advantage and a 30-25 halftime lead. Hale outscored the Bulldogs 30-16 in the third quarter, with Hardin-Central holding a slight 20-19 edge in the final frame.
Chris Herring added 11 points to the Hardin-Central scoring effort with Mark Carpenter hitting for 7, followed by Damon Johnson with 2 and Randy Estenbaum with a free throw. Hale had two other players in double figures with Mike Daniels scoring 14, and Cody Baker hit for a dozen points.
Hale ended the night making 10 of 19 free throws, while Hardin-Central converted half of its 14 attempts.