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The Hardin-Central Bulldogs couldn’t close out visiting Breckenridge Monday night in the season opener. Breckenridge fought back from a 34-26 deficit entering the fourth quarter to force overtime on the way to a 43-41 victory.
The Hardin-Central offense struggled in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs managed just 3 points from Mark Carpenter.
Meanwhile, Breckenridge, behind the scoring of Les Henson’s 6 points, battled back with 11 points to tie the game at 37-37 at the end of regulation. Dustin Haney, who scored a game-high 22 points, picked up the scoring for Breckenridge in the extra period with a pair of buckets as the visitors outscored Hardin-Central 6-4 for the victory.
Things began well for Hardin-Central with Carpenter hitting 8 of his team-high 13 points in the opening period as the Dawgs held an 18-6 lead. Randy Estenbaum hit two of his three 3-point buckets in the first quarter on his way to also scoring 13 for Hardin-Central.
Breckenridge held the edge in the second frame, 12-4, to close the halftime gap to 22-18.
Haney led the charge in the second quarter with a pair of 3-point buckets, and then scored all of Breckenridge’s total in the third period as Hardin-Central held a 12-8 scoring edge.
Also scoring for Hardin-Central were Damon Johnson with 5 points, followed by Jake Harris with 4, and Dillon Crosby and Austin Chase with 3 apiece.
Hardin-Central converted 3 of 9 free throws, while Breckenridge was good on all 4 of its free throw attempts.