Dawgs fight off Jag rally

Dawgs fight off Jag rally

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:47 am
By: Stephanie Sturgis – Weakley County Press Sports Editor

Dawgs fight off Jag rally

Up and In — Gleason senior Ben Rollins fires up a shot for two of his team-high 16 points in the Bulldogs’ must-win playoff game Saturday night. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
For the Gleason Bulldogs, the theme Saturday night was survival.
The Bulldogs kept their season alive with a 61-50 win over the Carroll Academy Jaguars in a must-win District 13-A play-in game at Atwood.
The victory advances the Dawgs to the quarterfinals where they will take on the host Dresden Lions at 6:30 on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs led by as many as a dozen points, 51-39, mid way through the fourth quarter. The desperate Jaguars cranked up the pressure and  cut their deficit in half by forcing Gleason into turnovers on three of four possessions.
A Gabe Lowrance layup after the Dawgs beat the press slowed the Carroll Academy comeback and gave Gleason a 55-47 lead with 2:03 remaining.
From that point, Thomas Fowler came up with an offensive rebound and hit 4-of-6 free throw tries to extend the Dawgs’ advantage to 59-50 with 39 ticks left on the clock.
Austin Perry then created a steal and hit a layup for the final points in Gleason’s 61-50 victory.
Gleason used second chance points and free throws to pull ahead in the first quarter. Fowler and Perry each put in four points to propel the Dawgs to a 13-9 lead after a frame.
Gleason expanded its lead in the second quarter. Both Ben Rollins and Fowler pitched in with five points including a connection from behind the 3-point line.
Tanner Trevathan’s last-second jumper gave the Dawgs their first double-digit cushion, 30-20, at the half.
Rollins added his second trey of the night early in the third. The Dawgs appeared on the verge of a blowout victory as Perry put in a 4-footer for a 45-28 lead with 1:12 left in the third and held a 45-29 lead into the fourth.
Rollins’ 16 points led Gleason. Fowler and Perry each added 14 points. Marcus Bardwell’s 20 topped Carroll Academy.

District 13-A Play-in Game
Feb. 12 at Atwood
BOYS
Gleason (61) — Ben Rollins 16, Thomas Fowler 14, Austin Perry 14, Gabe Lowrance 8, Blake Taylor 3, Dakota Parsons 2, Tanner Trevathan 2, Chris Sumner 2.
Carroll Academy (50) — Marcus Bardwell 20, Phillip Hutcherson 17, Zach Harmon 7, Bishop Williams 3, Jarrod Cherry 2, Tre Williams 1.
3-pointers: Gleason — Rollins (2), Fowler; Carroll Academy — Hutcherson (3), Harmon.
Records: Gleason 3-23.

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