After dropping their first game of the Braymer Invitational, coach Kirk Thacker was pleased with how his Bulldogs finished with strong back-to-back performances. The Dawgs improved to 4-6 Friday as they stopped Breckenridge 76-51 in the consolation game.
It was Hardin-Central’s second victory over Breckenridge, but Thacker felt his team played much better than their earlier 2-point decision.
“We felt like we didn’t play well or showed what we could really do a few weeks ago,” he said. “We wanted to make a statement that when we want to, we can get in and play very good basketball. It was a solid performance.”
Hardin-Central jumped out to a 27-13 lead after the opening 8 minutes, and held a 41-30 advantage at the break. Breckenridge opened the second half with a 7-0 run, but the Bulldogs held off the challenge as they closed out the period on a 15-2 run to take a 56-39 cushion into the final period.
The Bulldogs took advantage of their free throw opportunities by hitting 20 of their 36 attempts, while Breckenridge visited the stripe just 14 times and converted half of them.
Patrick King paced the Hardin-Central attack with 30 points and 12 rebounds to go along with 3 steals and a blocked shot defensively. Daniel Carpenter just missed a double-double with 15 points and 9 rebounds. He also dished out a team-high 5 assists. Chris Herring was the third Dawg in double figures with 10 points.
Mark Carpenter hit for 8 points, while hitting the boards for 9 rebounds with 4 assists, with Chris Wilson adding 7 points with a half dozen rebounds and 3 assists. Also scoring for Hardin-Central were Randy Estenbaum and Damon Johnson with 2 each, while Jake Harris and Grant Wheeler hit one free throw apiece.
Josh Sayers, Tyler Morgan and John Adams each hit for 11 points to lead Breckenridge.