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Bulldogs maul Black Knights in hardwood affair

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT
TUSCULUM- While Christmas is only a few more days away, teams around the region are continuing their play on the hardwood.

One team, the Hampton Bulldogs, piled onto the buses Monday afternoon to make the trip to just outside of Greeneville to take on the Chuckey Doak Black Knights in a road contest.

It was a change of pace from what the Bulldogs have seen thus far this season, as the night would be highlighted by only one contest featuring the boys teams of each school.

The contest was a fast-paced one from the start, with the Bulldogs scoring the first basket only ten seconds into the contest.

But the Black Knights weren’t playing around as they kept up with Hampton for the majority of the first stanza.

However, before the first quarter would end, the ‘Dogs would expand the lead, heading into the second period with a 21-10 lead over the home team.

The second quarter started off with the Bulldogs coming out on fire yet again, as they would use the momentum to their advantage to score the first eight points in the period.

After things were all said and done and both teams headed to the locker rooms for the break, it was Hampton who had taken complete control, 48-20.

In the second half, things continued to work in the Bulldogs’ favor as they were able to keep their fast-paced tempo and keep their huge lead. Going into the fourth quarter, Hampton had all but finished this contest off, up by a score of 65-37.

The final quarter was the same as spectators had witnessed for the first three stanzas, as the Black Knights would try their hardest to make a comeback with things just not working in their favor.

Being able to take their foot off the gas pedal, the Bulldogs would cruise to a double-digit victory on the road, defeating the Black Knights by a final decision of 78-50.

In the win for Hampton, Morgan Lyons led the team with 19 points, followed by Joseph Jenkins who put up 12, and Parker Henry who dropped 10 in the contest.