FAYETTEVILLE -- In their first outing this summer under new head basketball coach Austin Froderking, the Decatur Bulldogs boarded a bus bound for Fayetteville to play in the 2022 Ozark Catholic Academy (OCA) summer camp at the Arkansas Athletes Outreach facility on July 19 and 21.
Varsity teams from OCA-Tontitown, Springdale, Fayetteville, Farmington, Bentonville, Greenland and Rogers joined the Bulldogs in this two-day camp. OCA's head basketball coach Cody Vaught put together the pairing for this event. Each game consisted of two 14-minute halves with a one-minute intermission in between. Each foul counted two points for a single shot.
The purpose of this camp was to allow coaches a chance to see their teams in action. This way coaches can find the team's strengths and weaknesses and change the offensive and defensive game plans accordingly.
Up first for the Bulldogs was the Greenland Pirates junior varsity. The Bulldogs fell behind early in the first half until Jackson Montano and JJ Herrera sparked a run that bought Decatur back into the contest. By the end of the first half, the Bulldogs trailed the Pirates by six points. The Greenland Pirates pulled out in front eventually, taking the win, 29-12, over the Bulldogs.
In the second contest of the day, the Bulldogs squared off against the Farmington A Cardinals. Unfortunately, the Cardinals ran away with the game claiming a 36-12 victory over the Bulldogs.
In the afternoon contest, the Bulldogs faced a very familiar foe and one that the team faced several times in the past two years, the Thaden Barnstormers.
The Bulldogs quickly established control of the contest in the first two minutes of the first half. But a late cold streak by both teams in the next ten minutes kept the score close. Finally, Decatur was able to pull ahead and by the end of the buzzer, lead the Barnstormers by five.
The Decatur Bulldogs came out of the break with a new game plan that eventually worked for the team and, by the end of the game, took a 39-19 win over the Thaden Barnstormers.
The Bulldogs will continue to use the off-season practice time to adjust their game plan to prepare for the 2022-23 basketball season which starts in early November.