By Russ Green-Sports Editor
The Hardin-Central Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field Tuesday to pull away from Orrick for a 65-30 victory in the opening game of the Wellington-Napoleon Invitational. The Dawgs hit 27 of their 56 attempts from the field, led by Clif Kugler who made 8 of his 10 field goal attempts on the way to scoring a game-high 21 points. The Bulldog freshman also converted 5 of his 8 free throws to help Hardin-Central to its sixth straight victory.
Hardin-Central stretched its victory string to seven games Wednesday night as the Bulldogs rolled past Concordia 72-59. The second-seeded Bulldogs won both of their pool games to advance to Saturday’s championship game against Marshall. The Owls defeated the tournament hosts and top-seeded Wellington-Napoleon 57-48 Wednesday evening.
Hardin-Central and Marshall will tip off Saturday at 4 p.m.
While the Bulldogs had 12 players score at least one points, Orrick had just three players scoring.
“Our effort was just not where it needs to be, or can be,” Bearcat Coach Jared McMahon said.
Mason Karnes scored a team-high 11 points for the Bearcats, with Tanner Wyse scoring 10 and Tanner Werle chipping in 9. Orrick was also charged with 23 turnovers. Hardin-Central also held the edge from the free throw line by making 11 of its 18 attempts, with Orrick converting half of its 6 free throws. Orrick made 13 of its 29 shots from the floor.