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Bulldogs come up short in holiday tournament play

By Sandy Jennings BCC Staff Writer

During the Christmas break, the Bandera Bulldogs competed in the Fredericksburg Roundball Reunion that took place December 27-28. Bandera played four games and could not pull out a win against Burnet, Graham, Savio and Huffman-Hargrave.
“We played four games against some tough competition while there,” Interim Head Coach Tyler Wanek said.
Bandera played their first contest against the Burnet Bulldogs.
“Having not played a game since the 19th of December, it was tough for us to get back into a groove,” Wanek said.
The Bulldogs kept up with just a four point deficit after the first quarter (13-17). Burnet took a ten point lead at halftime (26-36).
The third quarter proved offensively disastrous for the Bulldogs with Burnet outscoring Bandera 4-16.
At buzzer, Bandera scored 47 points, but could not put a lid on Burnet who scored 67.
Leading scorer for the Bulldogs was Justin Raitz with eight points.
The second game was played against Graham who were from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Bandera played Graham close in the first quarter (13-15), but were not so successful in the second struggling on the offensive side of the floor (5-15).
In the third (18-20) and fourth quarters (15-16), the Bulldogs played Graham just about even.
“We did not shoot well from the free throw line throughout the game which proved to be the difference when the final buzzer rang,” Wanek said.
Leading scorer for Bandera was Ben Shackelford with 16 points.
The third contest came against Savio, a private school based in Austin. Bandera had a slow start offensively only scoring six points to Savio’s 12 in the first quarter.
“With the exception of low scoring in the first and defensive issues seen in the second, the game was played pretty close,” Wanek said.
Bandera outscored their opponents in the second half by five points. The 14 point deficit from the first half would prove to be too much for the Bulldogs, with Savio defeating Bandera 53-42.
Leading scorer for the Bulldogs was Josh Ripple with 13 points.
The final game of the two day tournament pitted the Bulldogs against Huffman-Hargrave, a Houston area basketball team.
“Hargrave was our toughest competition of the tournament,” Wanek said.
The Bulldogs would rise to the occasion only trailing by one point going into the second quarter (11-12) and three going into the second half (28-31).
Bandera did well on both sides of the floor in that first half.
“Fatigue and foul trouble slowed the scoring for us,” Wanek said.
The Bulldogs only put up 11 total points in the second half. Hargrave went 12 of 14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. This scoring would allow the opposition to come away with the 60-39 victory.
Leading scorer for Bandera was Alex Cardenas with eight points.
Leading scorers for the tournament were Brandon Chamberlain and Joshua Ripple who were selected as members of the All-Tournament Team.
Bandera will not see game play again until Tuesday, Jan. 10, when they travel to Pleasanton. The Bulldogs District opener is Fridahy, Jan. 13, against the Fredericksburg Billies at Bulldog Gymnasium with a 5:30 pm tipoff.