LOUDONVILLE — The Crestline Bulldogs boys basketball team has hit a bit of a rough patch in the season. This rough patch continued on Saturday night when the ‘Dogs traveled to Loudonville to meet up with Mid-Buckeye Conference foe Redbirds. Loudonville came away with the victory by a final score of 65-58 and Crestline’s losing streak extends to four games.
The Bulldogs are now 4-15 on the season and 1-10 in the MBC.
After the first quarter of play, the game was sitting at just a one-point lead for the Redbirds, 17-16. Loudonville was able to extend their lead slightly, heading into halftime up 31-25. In the second half of play, the Bulldogs were able to keep things close but couldn’t get the push needed to overcome the deficit. Loudonville would outscore Crestline 34-33 in the second half, giving the Redbirds the seven-point win.
As a team, Crestline grabbed 28 total rebounds, dished out 10 assists, had four steals and two blocked shots while committing 12 turnovers.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs scoring was Davon Triplett. Triplett poured in 19 points for Crestline in the loss to go with five rebounds, an assist and a steal. Ty Clark scored 10 points and had six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Max Anatra chipped in nine points with Tyler Sipes contributing eight points, five rebounds and three assists. Kaden Ronk and Zach Gregory finished the contest with six points apiece for the ‘Dogs.
Shawn Swindall scorched Crestline for 27 points to lead the way for the Redbirds. Hunter Martin also finished in double figures with 12 and Logan Fisher added 11 points in the win.
The Bulldogs have three games remaining in the regular season. On Tuesday Feb. 14, they will host Ridgemont in non-league competition. Saturday Feb. 18 will be the final MBC game of the season for Crestline when they host Mansfield Christian. The ‘Dogs will wrap up their regular season on the road at Galion on Friday Feb. 24.
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