Bulldogs fall to Flyers in district tournament
March 11. 2014 1:48PM
The Bulldogs fought hard to get out of the first round of the District 7B Tournament last week when they beat the Raiders 58-54 Monday, March 3 in Baltic.
“I thought our kids showed a lot of perseverance by continuing to battle through times when shots weren’t falling,” said Alex Langner, Baltic head coach.
The Bulldogs led wire to wire, but Oldham-Rutland/Ramona never let Baltic runaway.
“Defensively, I thought we did a nice job inside against their big kid,” Langner said. “David Boer and Andrew Mork did a great job of defending their big post even though they were undersized.”
Boer had two blocks in the post to go along with his 10 points.
Langner said the Bulldogs senior leadership sparked the team late as they closed the game out.
“I thought in the end our experience came through, as we put a little run together with less than three minutes to extend our lead to a two possession game,” he said. “We came up with stops on the defensive end when we needed to.”
Baltic shot 39 percent from the field and grabbed 34 rebounds on the night.
Baltic’s Joe Muston has a season-high 23 points to lead all scorers.
The Bulldogs couldn’t get past the Flyers Tuesday night in Chester, and ended their season with a 75-62 loss.
Chester opened the game with a big first quarter, but Baltic was able to cut the lead to four on multiple occasions in the second half.
“We just couldn’t get over that four-point hump, having a couple of possessions where we could have hit a shot to cut the lead to two,” Langner said. “I am very proud of the way our kids competed tonight, and all year long.”
Baltic guard Kyler Johnson had a season-high 26 points, and three steals.
Nathan Stadem also chipped in for the Bulldogs with 14 points and two rebounds. Muston added 13 points and four rebounds.
Langner noted the play of other contributors Tuesday, and throughout the season.
“Austin Row really came along as the season progressed,” he said. “He had eight points and 15 rebounds.”
“I am very proud of the way our kids play basketball, this group of seniors did everything we asked as a coaching staff,” Langner added. “Some nights, guys had to play different roles than they would have liked to, but in order to be a successful team you have to have guys that are willing to do that.”
Langner said good things lie ahead for the Bulldogs, who finished their season with six wins and 16 losses, if his returning players work hard in the offseason.
“We have young talent coming up, but we need those kids to put in the time over the summer for our program to take a step in the right direction,” he said.
|Brenda Wade Schmidt / Argus Leader Media
Baltic senior David Boet, #24, shoots over Oldham-Rutland/Ramona defenders in the first game of the district 7B basketball tournament March 3 in Baltic.