Published Sun, Dec 11, 2011 12:27 am Dateline
After a Friday night loss against Vinton County, the Athens Bulldogs had their eyes set on getting back on track against the Gallia Academy Blue Devils. Athens used their quickness to their advantage with multiple backdoor cuts and drives in the lane that resulted in points leading to their 71-53 win over the Blue Devils.
But Gallia Academy hung around in the first quarter thanks to sharp shooting from Nick Saunders. Saunders connected on four three-point attempts in the first quarter alone keeping the game close after a quarter of play. Saunders finished the quarter with 12 of the Blue Devils 19 points, and did not have another point the rest of the game.
The one consistency Gallia Academy had throughout four quarters of play came from Brice Amos. Amos tallied 26 points and added seven rebounds in the matchup and did this with an inside and outside game. He went 3-5 from beyond the arc, and used his length to establish an inside presence, but it wasn’t enough for the Blue Devils.
Athens scoring was distributed very evenly amongst it’s starters with all five starters ending in double figures. Freshmen Ryan Leurhman finished second in scoring for Bulldogs ending with 13 points and went 10-14 from the free throw stripe and other freshmen starter, Joey Burrow added 12 points.
The Athens Bulldogs will be looking to continue their success on Tuesday at home against the Wellston Rockets.