Wolves fall short against the Bulldogs

Published 10:40 am Friday, January 29, 2016

UTICA – After stellar performances from several of the Wolves’ starters, the team came up just short in an 88-85 loss Thursday night to the Hinds Bulldogs. Co-Lin (4-13, 2-6) played well in the second half dropping 59 points; however, it was not enough.

The Wolves will host Pearl River on Monday at 8 p.m.

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton

Darius Kennedy

Darius Kennedy

The Wolves started the game quickly, dropping six points in the first minute while not giving up a basket. The Bulldogs rapidly regained traction and begin to find the hoop. Late in the first half, Hinds found rhythm shooting the three and led 39-26 going into the locker room.

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Co-Lin buckled down on defense in the second half and also found success from beyond the arc. With just under nine minutes remaining in the contest the Wolves finally regained the lead after a momentum shift. The success proved to be short lived as the Bulldogs once again began pouring in shots from three-point range. The late baskets were too much for the Wolves to overcome.

“It was disappointing,” said Co-Lin head coach Kenny Bizot. “We have to be tough near the end of the season. Guys we counted on to get the win over Gulf Coast just weren’t in the gym tonight, we couldn’t make shots.”

Four of the five starters for the Wolves scored double figures led by Jonathan Dalton with a team-high 25 points and seven rebounds. Darius Kennedy added 22 points and nine rebounds. Chris Williams had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Donte Watson struggled shooting throughout the night, but still chipped in 10 points.

The Bulldogs were led by Trojuan White with 28 points and nine rebounds. He was 6-of-14 from three-point range. Corey McLaurin added 17 points and a team high four assists. Bobby Powell also chipped in 16 points, while Joshua Skinner netted 10.

Co-Lin shot 47 percent (28-of-60) from the field, 44 percent (11-of-25) from three-point range, and 64 percent (18-of-28) from the free throw line. The Bulldogs shot 49 percent (29-of-59) from the field, 46 percent (17-of-37) from beyond the arc, and 57 percent (13-of-23) from the free throw line.