The Hardin-Central Bulldogs ran into a pair of talented opponents at the Wellington-Napoleon Tournament this week.
The Dawgs opened play with Concordia on Tuesday and dropped a 56-19 decision. The Orioles will meet the tournament hosts Saturday for the championship. Hardin-Central then lost a 59-32 contest on Wednesday to Kingsville.
The Dawgs, now 1-13, will play the Blue Springs South junior varsity in the boys’ consolation game Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Hardin-Central had trouble getting the offense going in its matchup with Concordia. The Bulldogs managed just a field goal and a free throw in the opening period, while the Orioles knocked down three 3-point buckets on the way to building an 11-4 lead. Concordia added three more long-ranged baskets in a 17-point second quarter as the Orioles built a 28-7 cushion at the break.
Carter Brown led the Concordia scoring with 14 points, while Mark Carpenter hit for 9 points to lead the Dawgs.
Carpenter scored 16 points and pulled down 17 rebounds Wednesday in the Hardin-Central loss to Kingsville. The Bulldogs hit just 14 percent from the field against the Tigers. Meanwhile, Kingsville connected on 27 percent of its 73 field goal attempts.
Kingsville jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one quarter, 26-11 at the half and 44-21 going into the final 8 minutes. Russ Shull led the Tiger scoring with 15 points, with Robert O’Hare adding 11. Eight other Kingsville players scored in the game.
Jake Harris added 8 points for Hardin-Central, with Randy Estenbaum adding 3, followed by Dillon Crosby and Cole Leakey with 2 each and Dylan Brown with a free throw.