Wellston defense frustrates weary Bulldogs

Sunday, January 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:15 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 26, 2008

The game lasted one quarter too long for Douglass.

The Bulldogs, playing their second game in two days, faded in the fourth quarter in a 72-54 loss to Wellston on Saturday at Rock Bridge High. Douglass led all the way until the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Trojans forced eight turnovers and held the Bulldogs to seven points in that quarter.

Douglass, coming off a five-game winning streak capped by Friday night’s 94-75 victory against Silex, struggled to adjust to the Trojans’ defensive switches.

“I attribute a lot of that to fatigue; just not being that quick on the floor,” Douglass coach Lynn Allen said. “Normally we’re the ones that are quicker.”

Wellston switched between man-to-man and zone defense throughout the game, double-teaming the Bulldogs in the fourth.

Kevin Douglas’ jumper put the Trojans (6-4) ahead for the first time at 49-47.

Wellston never relinquished the lead and did not allow Douglass to score a field goal for two more minutes.

“When the fourth quarter rolls around, you play harder than the rest of the game,” Douglas said. “We were on a three-game losing streak. I came here to win.”

Douglas scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth.

The Bulldogs (13-3) played most of the game without standout senior Anthony Johnson, who had four fouls with 7:15 left in the second quarter. He fouled out in the fourth.

A key player in foul trouble so early in the game left the door open for the Trojans to focus on controlling the tempo.

“They got started really early, which we allowed them to do,” Wellston coach Sterling Bates said. “They wanted us to play them man-to-man so they could run their offense, so we went to the zone and that shut them down. Second half we had the full-court press, which made a difference.”

The Bulldogs established leads as large as eight, but were unable to maintain it, even with senior Andre Burgess leading the team with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

The Trojans had four players in double digits; Douglas led with 24 points, and sophomore Patrick Love scored 20.

“That team is very disciplined,” Allen said. “And their kids seemed to not get as flustered as ours during the crucial situations. We led about 85 percent of the game. We’ve just got to learn to handle those kind of situations.”

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