The game was a milestone for a man and a program.
In front of their home crowd at Smithton Middle School on Friday, the Douglass Bulldogs defeated Tipton 71-62. It was the Bulldogs’ 100th win since the school reinstated basketball in 1997 after a 37-year hiatus.
Coach Lynn Allen has been with the Bulldogs since the beginning, and he was presented with a plaque after the game.“It’s a combination of being in it for seven years and having some great people to work with,” Allen said. “Putting these kids together from different backgrounds when they come in as freshman and sophomores and don’t know each other and haven’t played a lot of organized basketball can be a challenge. But it is one we enjoy or we wouldn’t stick with it.”
As they have all season, seniors led Douglass (15-5).
Andre Burgess scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Anthony Johnson dominated inside, blocking eight shots. He also scored 13.
Douglass dictated the pace. The Bulldogs scored in transition to take an early lead, which they maintained the rest of the game.
Burgess heated up from midrange in the second quarter, scoring 15 and sparking a 19-5 Douglass run to close the half. Douglass went into halftime leading 46-28.
“Before the game, all the seniors wanted to step up since it was senior night,” Burgess said. “I just wanted to do my part and step up and score. I didn’t even know it was our 100th win until after. I’m pretty proud about that and I’m glad we won our game.”
The Bulldogs allowed Tipton (10-14) to slightly narrow the lead with a sloppy second half. Cardinal center Lee Thomas scored eight of his 19 in the fourth quarter.
Senior Terry Shipley, who scored 19, helped preserve Douglass’ lead with two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Allen said he was pleased with the win but that work remained before the Bulldogs would be ready for regional playoffs.
“We have a capability of scoring a lot of points real quick,” Allen said. “The problem is sometimes when we’re up 20 we don’t have the instinct to go ahead and build that thing to 40.”