In the second, Preston Pennington got going as well. Luthringer remained hot as he knocked down several shots to push the Bulldogs to halftime advantage, 21-19.
In the 3rd, it was all Bulldogs. The Dog Defense stepped up and held the Wolves to 5 third quarter points. The Dogs began to dominate the paint with several key rebounds by Travis Escamilla and Trevor Wells. The Bulldogs extended their lead with the help of some great defensive play by Jonathan Sulaica and Jacob Moran and at the end of the 3rd quarter, the Dogs were up 38-24.
In the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs were up by as much as 20 but the Wolves fought back. The Wolves cut their deficit to 11 with about 3 minutes to go in the game but the Dogs kept rolling as the Bulldogs came away with the victory 52-39. Pennington led all scorers with 21 points. Luthringer added 9, Escamilla 6, Muniz and John Morgan Ross 5, Wells 4, and Ian Smith 2.
The Bulldogs hosted Cotulla on Jan. 30th. The Bulldogs were looking for some payback after being upset in the first round by the Cowboys. The Bulldogs came out fired up and ready to play. Travis Escamilla controlled the paint early on for the Bulldogs as the Cowboys had no answer for the Dogs inside game. After 1 quarter of play, the Bulldogs held the advantage 9-4.
In the second quarter, the Bulldog defense stepped up in a big way holding the Cowboys to 1 point in the quarter. Trevor Wells, John Ross, and Ian Smith also were a big force inside helping secure rebound after rebound.
After two quarters of play, the Bulldogs held the advantage 26-5. The Defensive domination by the Bulldogs would continue. The Dog defense continued to hold the Cowboys to one shot per possession and collected several steals.
The final was TR 53, Cotulla 25. Preston Pennington led the way scoring with 15. Escamilla chipped in 13, Wells 8, Luthringer 6, Logan Muniz and John Morgan Ross 4, Smith 3.
The Bulldogs will be off on Tuesday but will return to action as they travel to Freer on Friday to take on the Buckaroos. Game time is set for 8 pm.