Bulldog Junior High posts home win, varsity continues to struggle

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Bulldog Devin Thor (2) goes high to block a Barnstormer shooter during the Decatur-Thaden variety boys basketball contest in Decatur on Jan. 30. The Barnstormers prevailed, taking the conference win, 65-28, over the Bulldogs.
Submitted photo Bulldog Devin Thor (2) goes high to block a Barnstormer shooter during the Decatur-Thaden variety boys basketball contest in Decatur on Jan. 30. The Barnstormers prevailed, taking the conference win, 65-28, over the Bulldogs.

DECATUR -- The Bulldog varsity and junior high teams played two contests at home the week of Jan. 29 as both prepare for the upcoming district tournaments.

First up was the regularly scheduled contest with the Thaden Barnstormers at Peterson-Owens Fieldhouse in Decatur on Jan. 30. The junior high was idle that night.

In the varsity contest, the Barnstormers came out strong and outscored the Bulldogs to finish up 65-28 over the struggling Decatur Bulldogs.

Ricky Thor led the Bulldogs in scoring with six points, followed by Marlon Revolorio with five.

After two contests on the road, both the Bulldog junior high and varsity teams squared off against the St. Paul Saints at Peterson-Owens Fieldhouse in Decatur for another Saturday afternoon contest.

The junior high was ready for the Saints as the team took the court in its final home contest of the season, and the young Bulldogs were ready to win. The first quarter was all Decatur as the Bulldogs pumped in a total of 18 points while holding St. Paul to only four, taking a commanding 14-point lead into the next quarter.

The Saints gained some ground in the second, but the half ended with the Bulldogs still holding the lead 18-7 over the Saints. When the contest ended, the Bulldogs won their final game of the regular season, 30-21.

Francis Sang turned in one of his best performances of the season with nine points to lead the junior high boys scoring drive. Others contributing to the effort included Tony Sanchez with six, Jason Bruffett and Alex Weidner, each with four.

The Decatur Bulldog junior high boys will travel to Mulberry for the 2A district tournament. For a schedule of the Decatur Bulldog district tournament appearances, go to decatursd.com/athletic for dates and times.

St. Paul 63, Decatur 54

At St. Paul on Jan. 29, the varsity boys fell to the Saints, 63-54.

Jackson Monanto turned in a stellar performance, scoring a total of 19 points. Ricky Thor was the only other Bulldog in double figures with 11. Others contributing to the scoring effort included Brandon Monanto with eight, Bryan Ruiz with five, Jesy Lian with three, and Devin Thor with two.

The junior high was idle.

At Bentonville, both varsity and junior high Bulldog teams were in action Thursday night against the Founders Classical Academy Spartans.

In the senior high contest, the Decatur Bulldogs could not get their offensive game plan going. The team played two scoreless quarters.

Head coach Austin Frederking's stern halftime speech sparked the Bulldogs in the third quarter and the team picked up 12 points. But Decatur's scoreless fourth quarter gave Founders Classical Academy the conference win, 51-18.

An early shooting slump by both the junior high Bulldogs and the Spartans contributed to a very low first-quarter performance. Founders held a slight 7-3 edge going into the next six minutes.

The Bulldogs regrouped and came out strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Spartans and tying the contest at 17 all at the end of the first half, but Classical Academy went on to win 39-25 over the Decatur.

Bryan Thor led the scoring effort with a total of 11 points, followed by Alex Weidner with four, Tony Sanchez with three, and Kingston Greene with two.

At Mulberry for the final away contest of the week, the junior high team was idle, but the varsity Yellowjackets played an impressive first quarter, scoring 27 points while holding the Bulldogs scoreless. By the end of the first half, Mulberry held a commanding lead 52-8 over Decatur and took the 81-24 conference win.

Ricky Thor led the way for the Bulldogs with seven points, followed by Devin Thor and DJ, each with five.

photo Onna Montano/Special to the Eagle Observer Jason Buffett launches a jumper near the top of the key during the Decatur-St. Paul junior high basketball contest at Peterson-Owens Fieldhouse in Decatur Saturday afternoon. The Bulldog junior high team took the win, 30-21, in their final regular season contest before the district tournament Feb. 5.