News: Getting back to their winning ways results in victory for Bulldogs
Story by Sgt. Christopher Zahn
QUANTICO, Va. - The Quantico Bulldogs Men’s Varsity Basketball Team rebounded from their first loss of the season last week in emphatic fashion, with two dominant victories over the Fort Lee Travellers and the Fort Meade Patriots at Barber Physical Activity Center.
They improved their record to 7-1 by beating the Travellers 89-67 on Saturday and followed that with a 84-61 victory over the Patriots on Sunday.
As his team warmed up before the Fort Meade game, Coach James Jones was reflective about the victory the day before.
“We played really good yesterday,” said the head coach of the team. “Everyone stepped up, did what they were supposed to do and we won pretty easily. Now we just have to do that again today.”
The two teams had just recently battled in the championship of the Martin Luther King Invitational Tournament champions Naval Support Activity Bethesda on Jan. 16. Such a recent game gave Jones a chance to develop a strategy to stop the Patriots in their tracks.
“Gents, they are going to put four guards on the court who can shoot the three, we are going to go straight man-to-man defense,” Jones said. “No one help on defense, just stick your man and no open shots.”
Their defensive focus paid off as Quantico started the game off on a hot streak, scoring 13-points before Fort Meade even got close to scoring. Forward Prentice Meadows helped ignite the Bulldogs with a number of emphatic blocked shots, which in turn sparked the offense.
“We just wanted to start off being intense, scrap for the 50/50 balls, rebounds and not give a inch,” Meadows said. “[The blocked shots] were like an energy boost to the team.”
The Patriots played right into Quantico’s hands, committing turnover after turnover as they struggled to score on the energetic Bulldog defense. The scoreboard quickly spiraled out of control and midway through the first half the score was 29-8 in favor of Quantico.
The Patriots slowly started to capitalize on the Bulldog’s occasional defensive errors, but still couldn’t chip away at the lead. At the half, Quantico led 46-21.
Jones had no intention of allowing his team to slack off, despite being up by such a large margin. He kept the pressure on his team, exhorting them to execute with precision.
“Gentlemen, this game is not over. Let’s play basketball, get this game over with and send them home,” Jones said.
Quantico heeded their coach’s advice and kept the pressure on Fort Meade, ensuring there would be no fairytale comebacks or shocking upsets. At the end of the game, the Bulldogs walked away with a 84-61 victory.
“I’m just happy to get another win for Quantico,” Meadows said. “We have the Capitol Classic tournament coming up in a couple weeks, so we’re just trying to gear up for that.”