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Bulldogs drop two games, win one in Decatur tournament

by Michael Eckels | November 23, 2021 at 10:45 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS A lone Mastiff player gets in the middle of a pack of wild Bulldogs trying to steal the ball away during the Nov.15 Decatur-Haas Hall-Fayetteville basketball contest at Peterson Gym in Decatur. The pack includes Enrique Rubi (1), Christian Ramirez (5) and Edgar Herrera (right).

DECATUR -- When the officials blew their whistles Monday night, they set in motion an event that has been missing from the Decatur basketball scene for nearly four years.

The Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament, formerly the Decatur Holiday Hoops, kicked off a three-day basketball extravaganza that pitted teams from all over Northwest Arkansas and one from the river valley.

Teams participating in the boys' event included Decatur, Ozark Catholic Academy, Arts Academy, Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy. St. Paul, Fort Smith Future School, Fayetteville Christian and Haas Hall-Fayetteville.

Decatur closed out day one against the Haas Hall-Fayetteville Mastiffs at Peterson Gym Nov. 15. The Bulldogs jumped out in front during the first quarter and never looked back as they defeated the Mastiffs, 56-35, to advance to the winners' bracket in the next round.

Leading the fight for the Bulldogs was team captain Christian Ramirez with 12 points, two rebounds, four assists and two steals, followed by Edgar Herrera with 11 points and two rebounds, JJ Herrera with nine points and two rebounds. Other Bulldogs contributing to the scoring effort were Deegan Brooks with eight, Enrique Rubi with five, Ben Watkins with four and Landon Watson with three. Rounding out the scoring were Robert Thang and Andres Revolorio each with two.

Next up the Bulldogs squared off against the Arkansas Arts Academy Diamonds in the first winners' bracket on Thursday night.

The first quarter saw the Diamonds and Bulldogs go neck to neck until the closing two minutes when the Diamonds surged ahead and took a 19-12 lead going into the next quarter. In the second, the game slowed down a bit with the Bulldogs cutting into the Diamond lead by three, 23-20 going into the break.

Nothing changed until the fourth quarter when the Diamonds went on a 23-13 run over the Bulldogs to take the win, 60-46, and advance into the championship round. But Decatur was still in the tournament, advancing to the fifth-place game played on Saturday.

Leading the Decatur Bulldogs in double figures was Ramirez with 22 points and four rebounds, followed by Brooks with 10 points and 10 rebounds, Edger Herrera with eight, Revolorio with four and Rubi with two.

The Bulldogs faced the St. Paul Saints Saturday afternoon in the gym at Decatur Middle School. It was all Saints as they rolled over the Decatur Bulldogs for the win.

The final contest of the tournament saw the Ozark Catholic Academy Griffins take on the Arts Academy Diamonds for the tournament championship. It was all Griffins as they took the win, 65-34. This was Griffin Coach Cody Vaught's third Decatur tournament win. When Vaught coached at West Fork, Vaught won back-to-back Decatur Holiday Hoops championships and one runner-up to Gravette.

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Andres Revolorio (Decatur 5) and Joshua Ofodile (Mastiffs 22) fight for a rebound in the second quarter of the Decatur-Haas Hall-Fayetteville varsity boys basketball contest at Peterson Gym in Decatur Nov. 15. These two teams along with six others from around Northwest Arkansas participated in the Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament. Decatur defeated Haas Hall 56-35.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Andres Revolorio (Decatur 5) and Joshua Ofodile (Mastiffs 22) fight for a rebound in the second quarter of the Decatur-Haas Hall-Fayetteville varsity boys basketball contest at Peterson Gym in Decatur Nov. 15. These two teams along with six others from around Northwest Arkansas participated in the Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament. Decatur defeated Haas Hall 56-35.
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In the middle of a pack of Mastiff players, lone Bulldog Deegan Brooks manages to put up a jumper that hit its mark during the third quarter of the Decatur-Haas Hall-Fayetteville basketball contest in Decatur Nov. 15. The Bulldogs, playing in the Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament, defeated the Mastiffs 56-35 to advance to the winners round.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS In the middle of a pack of Mastiff players, lone Bulldog Deegan Brooks manages to put up a jumper that hit its mark during the third quarter of the Decatur-Haas Hall-Fayetteville basketball contest in Decatur Nov. 15. The Bulldogs, playing in the Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament, defeated the Mastiffs 56-35 to advance to the winners round.
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Christian Ramirez (right) finds his path blocked by a pair of Diamond players during the first quarter of the Decatur-Arts Academy basketball contest at Peterson Gym in Decatur Thursday night. Ramirez just put his head down and drove the ball between the two players and on to the basket for a two point layup.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Christian Ramirez (right) finds his path blocked by a pair of Diamond players during the first quarter of the Decatur-Arts Academy basketball contest at Peterson Gym in Decatur Thursday night. Ramirez just put his head down and drove the ball between the two players and on to the basket for a two point layup.
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The opening tipoff of the Decatur-Arts Academy boys basketball contest shows Deegan Brooks (second from right) tipping the ball away from a Diamond player. The Diamonds defeated the Bulldogs 60-46 in the second round of the Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur Thursday night.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS The opening tipoff of the Decatur-Arts Academy boys basketball contest shows Deegan Brooks (second from right) tipping the ball away from a Diamond player. The Diamonds defeated the Bulldogs 60-46 in the second round of the Decatur Invitational Basketball Tournament at Peterson Gym in Decatur Thursday night.
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Unable to pass over the Saint defender, Andres Revolorio (Decatur 3) decides to pass around the obstacle during the second quarter of the Decatur-St. Paul basketball contest in the gym at Decatur Middle School Saturday afternoon. Both teams, along with 14 others participated in the Decatur Invitational Basketball tournament at both Peterson and Decatur Middle School gyms.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Unable to pass over the Saint defender, Andres Revolorio (Decatur 3) decides to pass around the obstacle during the second quarter of the Decatur-St. Paul basketball contest in the gym at Decatur Middle School Saturday afternoon. Both teams, along with 14 others participated in the Decatur Invitational Basketball tournament at both Peterson and Decatur Middle School gyms.
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After passing the ball, Christian Ramirez (5) tries to catch his balance during the Decatur-St. Paul contest in the gym at Decatur Middle School Saturday afternoon. Ramirez manages to regain his balance without falling and continued to lead the Bulldogs in the contest.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS After passing the ball, Christian Ramirez (5) tries to catch his balance during the Decatur-St. Paul contest in the gym at Decatur Middle School Saturday afternoon. Ramirez manages to regain his balance without falling and continued to lead the Bulldogs in the contest.
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Bulldogs Ben Watkins (21) and Deegan Brooks (10) blocks a Saint shooter from the basket during the Decatur-St. Paul varsity basketball contest in Decatur Saturday afternoon.
Westside Eagle Observer/MIKE ECKELS Bulldogs Ben Watkins (21) and Deegan Brooks (10) blocks a Saint shooter from the basket during the Decatur-St. Paul varsity basketball contest in Decatur Saturday afternoon.

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