Bulldogs playing their best ball with playoffs so near

Hempstead awaits in first round of Class 2A playoffs


Eric Guzman heads upcourt to lead a Thorndale fastbreak in the Bulldogs’ victory over Lexington as district play comes to a close. 
Reporter/Teresa Ging Eric Guzman heads upcourt to lead a Thorndale fastbreak in the Bulldogs’ victory over Lexington as district play comes to a close. Reporter/Teresa Ging A one-year absence from the state playoffs didn’t sit well with the Thorndale Bulldogs, so in the interim, they developed a cohesiveness that has served them well so far this season.

“I think the main strength of this team is how well the kids get along,” said fourth-year coach Doug Franklin. “They genuinely like one another and play very hard for one another. I also feel like they know their role as an individual on the team.”

Thorndale will take on Hempstead next week in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Giddings.

Hempstead was third in District 28-2A. The Bobcats are led by 6-foot-5 senior Trent Moman who averages 12 points and 12 rebounds a game.

Heading into the playoffs, the Bulldogs are 21-8 on the year and finished second in District 27-2A with an 11-3 mark behind unbeaten and 3rd-ranked Jarrell.

The Bulldogs’—who missed out on the post season for the first time since 2002— only league losses were to Jarrell twice and Lago Vista once.

Despite the regular seasonending loss to Jarrell, coach Doug Franklin isn’t concerned with his team’s level of play.

“I do feel like we are playing our best right now,” said Franklin. “I think we have a lot of confidence built up from all the wins we put together in the second round of district. I think we played well in everyone of those games.”

In the loss to No. 3 Jarrell Monday night, the 30-0 Cougars topped off their perfect district ledger at 14-0 with their 55-41 victory over the Bulldogs.

They book ended high scoring first and fourth quarters to cruise to the win as Morgan Cooper put up 19 points.

Brandon Irwin notched 18 points to lead Thorndale.

In the Bulldogs’ victory over Lexington Friday, Irwin erupted for 23 as Thorndale blew open a close game in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 30-18.

“They don’t try to do too much and just do what they do best well every day in practice and in games,” Franklin said. “When you can get kids to play hard for one another and then play a complete team game, winning is the result.”


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