News: Shorthanded Bulldogs easily defeat Bethesda Warriors
Story by Sgt. Christopher Zahn
QUANTICO, Va. - The Quantico Bulldogs Men’s Varsity Basketball Team easily defeated the Warriors from Naval Support Activity Bethesda at Barber Physical Activity Center Sunday, despite starting the game with only six players.
The team was shorthanded due to a scheduling miscommunication between the teams. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Bethesda at 3 p.m. but was moved to 1 p.m. at Quantico. Luckily, enough of the Bulldogs players got the right information to avoid a forfeit, but didn’t know if that would be enough to win.
“Even when you’re shorthanded, you have to go out and play,” said Tim Cox, who led the team in scoring with 21 points. “It opened the door for a lot of other players to come in and step up.”
There was only one starter on the floor at the beginning of the game, forward Chris Williams, but this team is talented enough not to miss their regular starting rotation.
“All of the people on our team are really good so it doesn’t matter who starts,” Williams said. “You can put a different five [players] in there and it will be the same end result.”
Early on, the Bulldogs played a 3-2 zone defense and got burned by the Warriors accurate three-point shooting.
“They were getting a lot of open three’s but once Coach Nicks coached us through the way a zone is supposed to work, we started shutting down that three point shot and then the tables turned,” said Cox.
Quantico had been keeping up with the scoring pace from Bethesda and once their defensive pressure started to neutralize the three-point shot, they began to pull away.
“They made a lot of three’s at first, but I knew they couldn’t keep that up the whole game,” said guard Ajwon Gadison. “After they started missing, and we started getting a lead, I knew it was going to be an easy game after that.”
With five minutes left in the first half, a Bethesda turnover led to an easy fast break layup by Gadison, forcing the frustrated coach of the Warriors to call a timeout.
As his team walked back to the bench, head coach James Jones smiled and looked at the other team before saying, “I know ya’ll didn’t think you were going to win this game.”
By halftime the Bulldogs had extended their lead to 14 points, going into the locker room ahead 49-35.
By the time the second half started the Bulldogs were back to full strength and they began to pull farther and farther away from their opponents. Their defensive pressure led to easy offense and they easily closed the game with a 106-62 victory.