Dogs join playoff fray

After a one-year absence, Thorndale back in post-season


Senior Dillon Irwin combined for 35 points to lead Thorndale to two District 27-2A wins and clinch a playoff berth for the Bulldogs after missing out last season. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Senior Dillon Irwin combined for 35 points to lead Thorndale to two District 27-2A wins and clinch a playoff berth for the Bulldogs after missing out last season. Reporter/Teresa Ging Thorndale found out it was going back down to Class A this week in the UIL’s bi- annual realignment.

However, before they go the Bulldog basketball team wanted to leave an imprint in their current classification.

After missing out on last year’s playoffs for the first time since 2002, the Bulldogs have returned to their rightful place with a pair of district wins

Thorndale lapped Lago Vista 48-30 Tuesday night on the road and handeld Rogers 47-43 on Friday to clinch the spot. The worst we can do is third. Three games to go. We are 9-2 Lexington is 7-4 Lago is 5-6

Holding a slim 13-12 margin after the first quarter, the Bulldogs outscored Lago Vista 32-13 in the second and third quarters to pull away and avenge an earlier loss.

Dillon Irwin logged 20 points to lead a balanced Thorndale scoring attack as Riley Schaefer, Tanner Thomas and Richter all had seven points each.

Against Rogers, Thorndale held a comfortable lead throughout most of the game, but could not shake the pesky Eagles.

Irwin put up 16 points, while Thomas chipped in 15.

The Bulldogs used near-perfect accuracy to aid their cause, sink- ing 25-of-31 free throws on the evening.

“We played good defense the whole game,” said Thorndale Coach Doug Franklin. “In the first half we did a great job executing our half court man sets.

“Early we pounded the ball inside and got lots of post points and free throw opportunities. We just could never pull away.

“They switched defenses late in the first half from a man to a 1-3-1 and we had a hard time adjusting.”

The Bulldogs close out the regular season at Lexington on Friday and then host No. 3 and unbeaten Jarrell (29-0, 12-0) on Tuesday.

THORNDALE SEASON STATS

Scoring—Irwin 18.2, Laurence 9.6, Schaefer 8.9, Stockton 3.9, Thomas 4.7.

Rebounds—Irwin 8.3, Thomas 7.3,
Assists—Mays 2.8, Irwin 2.2
3PTS—Irwin 10, Schaefer 5
Steals—Irwin 29, Thomas 25



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