February 26, 2004

Looks Prove Deceiving As Undersized Bulldogs Best SCR-I

Granted LaPlataís boys basketball team may not be much to look at, but Scotland County, like most of the teams in northeast Missouri have learned, looks can be deceiving.

The Bulldogs donít have an imposing center. As a matter of fact they donít have much height to speak of at all. Then there is the youthful twin brother guards, who look a little out of place on the varsity scene.

But what LaPlata displayed Thursday night in Memphis is what a team can do with good passing, moving well without the ball and all around unselfish play as the Bulldogs bested Scotland County 62-46.

The Tigers opened a quick 7-0 lead in the first period. Cody Holt opened the game with a three pointer and Clint Cottrell had a pair of buckets. But LaPlata battled back and tied the game at 9-9 to end the first eight minutes of play.

The game remained close in the second period. Jared Shelley came off the bench for Scotland County and sparked the team with five points in the opening minutes of the quarter.

Holt and Aaron Dale both had two baskets each as the second period wound down with LaPlata pulling ahead 24-23.

But LaPlataís precision passing offense finally began to pick the Tigers defense apart in the third period.

After Holt opened the period with four points for the Tigers, LaPlata responded with a 14-3 run to expand its lead to double digits.

Aaron Dale scored six points to close out the third period but it wasnít enough to prevent LaPlata from adding to its margin, ending the quarter on top 48-34.

The Tigers pulled to within 10 points midway through the fourth period but never made it over the hump as the Bulldogs prevailed 62-46.

Dale led the Tigers on the night with 14 points with Holt finishing the game with 13. Cottrell added eight points for the Tigers who dropped to 11-11 on the year.

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