Hardin-Central Coach Kirk Thacker felt his Bulldogs let one get away Friday night in a loss to visiting Tina-Avalon, and then never got started Monday in the opening contest of the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament. Monday night, Kingsville jumped out to a 19-6 lead on the way to a 62-35 win in the first game at Wellington as the Bulldogs fell to 5-8 for the season.
The Tigers stretched their lead to 33-13 at the half and 49-24 after three quarters.
“We just didn’t show up tonight,” Thacker said. “As good as we played against Tina-Avalon, and then we did a complete 180 and went backwards. I was really disappointed in our play.”
Patrick King led the Bulldog scoresheet with a game-high 22 points in addition to 8 rebounds and a pair of assists. Daniel Carpenter added 5 points, followed by Mark Carpenter with 4, while Chris Herring and Chris Wilson scored 2 apiece. Mark Carpenter had 9 rebounds, with Daniel Carpenter hitting the boards for 7. Herring led the team in assists with 4.
Ross Schull led Kingsville scoring with 17 points.
The Bulldogs trailed by only 4 points heading into the fourth quarter Friday night, but Tina-Avalon pulled away for a 54-46 victory as Hardin-Central committed 20 turnovers.
“We feel that we outplayed them in every aspect of the game, but we didn’t take care of the ball when we needed,” Thacker said. “We played hard and our desire and efforts showed. We just let this one get away.”
King scored 24 points and added 10 rebounds for Hardin-Central, who had three other players in double figures on the boards as well. Daniel Carpenter grabbed 14 rebounds, while his brother Mark had 11 boards with each one chipping in 7 points. Daniel Carpenter also dished out a team-high half-dozen assists.