Bulldogs keeping pace for playoffs

Irwin’s free throw with no time on the clock provides key win over Yoe


Keon Mays heads to the basket for a bucket in the Dawgs win over Academy Tuesday night. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Keon Mays heads to the basket for a bucket in the Dawgs win over Academy Tuesday night. Reporter/Teresa Ging After mising the playoffs last season for the first time since 2002, the Thorndale Bulldogs are taking steps to erase that memory.

The Bulldogs chalked up two important victories in the past seven days, claiming wins over Cameron and Academy.

The Bulldogs stand 18-7 on the season and 8-2 in district play, second to only No. 4 ranked Jarrell who is 27-0 and 10-0.

The Bulldogs host Jarrell in the final regular season game of the year, Feb. 14.

“We have a game lead on Lexington and two games on Lago Vista,” said Thorndale Coach Doug Franklin. “We still have to play both on the road. A lot can still happen.”

Tuesday night Thorndale held off Academy 50-42 on the road in a nip-and-tuck affair.

Sophomore point guard Riley Schaefer paved the way with 16 points, the only Bulldog in double figures.

Leading scorer Dillon Irwin was limited to nine points as Thorndale made an eight-point halftime lead hold up.

In the Bulldogs’ 57-56 victory over Cameron, Irwin was fouled on a three-point attempt with no time left on the clock and after missing the first of three possible free throws, sank the second one to win the game.

Irwin finished with 11, while Schaefer complemented with 11 and Sam Stockton 10.

The Bulldogs host Rogers Friday, before travelling to Lago Vista on Tuesday to avenge an earlier loss.


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