Pirate defense quiets Bulldog attack


December 14, 2023

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Dayton's Denver Hutchens (12) and Pirate Colby Ledgerwood get after a loose ball in action from Pomeroy's weekend visit to the Dayton gym and a decisive 73-12 margin over the Dawgs. Defenders kept all of Dayton's usual scorers in single digits on their way to handing the Bulldogs a conference loss.

DAYTON–The young Dayton Bulldogs were pitted against a more experienced Pomeroy Pirate team, and struggled with the pressure while Pomeroy piled up points in long runs for a 72-12 Southeast 1B league win. The Bulldogs are 0-5 overall, 0-2 in conference play.

Dayton lost to Walla Walla Valley Academy Tuesday 68-46 (story next week), and journeys to Colton on Saturday and plays host to visiting Touchet on December 19. A road trip to Tekoa-Rosalia on December 22 closes out the 2023 part of the schedule and leads into Christmas break. No information about Dayton's 56-32 loss to St. John/Endicott-LaCrosse was available.

Pressure and cold shooting took a toll on the Bulldogs as the Pirates used those factors to their advantage, taking a 14-4 first-quarter lead and blowing out the Dawgs with a 27-1 second quarter and a 41-5 half time lead.

The Pirates' strategy and tenacity continued in the second half as the Bulldogs were only able to muster seven points to Pomeroy's 32.

Hitting three pointers for Dayton were Jordan McCowen, Tristan Rennaker and Denver Hutchens. Cesar Morfin drained a pair for the Buccaneers with Reggie Ott and Trace Roberts, who scored a game-high 25 points, also nailed a trey.

Day 4 1 3 4-12

Pom 14 27 19 13-72

Dayton (12) Jordan McCowen 3, Tristan Rennaker 3, Denver Hutchens 3, Nolan Korslund 1. Free throws: 2/10-20%.

Pomeroy (72) Reggie Ott 3, Braxton McKeirnan 7, Jett Slusser 3, Kyzer Herres 9, Cesar Morfin 6, Colby Ledgerwood 4, Boone Schmidt 2, Ollie Severs 14, Trace Roberts 25. Free throws: 7/11-63%.

Three-point goals: Dayton-McCowen, Rennaker, Hutchens. Pomeroy-Ott, Morfin 2, Roberts.


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