Bulldogs defeat Green Wave 81-59 on the road

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By Goose Lindsay

The Wartburg Bulldogs came out on fire Thursday night and the result was an 81-59 victory at Midway.

“We played well,” Bulldog head coach Joe Layne said following the game. “We got up and down the floor, our press was much better, and we shared the basketball.”

Sharing the basketball might be the key to Wartburg’s season the remainder of the year. Dillon Fountain is the team’s go-to player and put up 19 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists against the Green Wave, but Boone Davidson (18 points), Caleb Constant (10 points, 7 assists), Kirk Harlan (8 points) and Brian Hamby (8 points) also put up solid scoring numbers.

“One guy (Fountain) is a lot easier to guard than five,” Layne said. “It’s going to be important for us from here on out if we can continue to get contributions from a lot of people.”

The first period would see Fountain (8 points) and Constant (6 points) leading the Bulldogs to a 23-9 lead after one quarter of action.

Wartburg scored 23 more points in the second period to hold a 46-25 lead at halftime.

Fountain and Hamby scored 6 points each in the frame.

Jason Taylor buried three 3-pointers and scored 11 points in the first half for Midway.

The Green Wave did outscore Wartburg in the third quarter, but only by 2 points as the Bulldogs led 61-44 with eight minutes to play.

Fountain scored 6 in the frame for Wartburg while Midway’s Nick Bettis led all scorers with 9.

The final period would see Wartburg’s Davidson knock down three jumpers from beyond the 3-point arc as the Bulldogs cruised to the 22-point victory.

Midway’s Taylor led all scorers on the night with 20 points. Bettis (13 points) and Dalton Beason (11 points) also scored in double figures for Wartburg.

Thursday’s win puts Wartburg into fifth place in District 4-A heading into the final week of play. With games remaining against Rockwood and Oneida, the Bulldogs can finish as high as third place or as low as sixth.

“We’d like to win those last two games and have a chance to host one or maybe two games in the district tournament,” Layne said.

Wartburg (81) Fountain 19, Harlan 8, Constant 10, Justes 3, Barnette 4, Davidson 18, Langley 5, B. Hamby 8, McCarty 2, J. Hamby 2, Davis 2.

Midway (59) Beason 11, Moore 2, Bettis 13, Hester 7, Taylor 20, Schommer 2, Parks 4.