East Buchanan forward Owen Fortney pulls up for a jump shot, one of his 16 points on the night Thursday at Grace Gymnasium.
Ethan Kilgore led with 20 points, battery mate Owen Fortney had 16 and the Bulldogs rolled to their eighth straight win on Thursday over district rival Bishop LeBlond.
With an average margin of victory of 24.5 points this season, East Buchanan’s 23-point win on Thursday night was the 11th time they’ve won by double digits in 13 games this season.
After a relatively slow first half that saw the Bulldogs (12-1) lead by six, the size and defensive pressure from East Buchanan’s Kilgore, Fortney and White began to wear down on the Golden Eagles as the second half wore on.
“Second half we kind of started doubling, just switching and kind of ball pressured them a lot more,” coach Jered Curl said.
The Bulldogs started getting the easy fast-break buckets off turnovers that have characterized their dominant season thus far.
“That’s why we got the lead, because we got after them a little bit,” Curl said.
Midway through the third quarter, Kilgore stole a pass away from Jaren Guck and went full court for the layup as the Bulldogs doubled their lead.
As well as East Buchanan has performed offensively season, Curl said the team’s attention to detail off the court has allowed them to shut teams down the way it has.
“We go over scouting reports and everybody is focused and they’re really prepared,” Curl said. “I feel like the kids have bought in.”
The Bulldogs will prepare themselves for a quick turnaround as they hit the road to play rival Mid-Buchanan today at Faucett.
Coming off their second closest game of the season against Class 4 Smithville, the Bulldogs ability to win both high scoring and close defensive games is a confidence builder, Curl said.
“There’s gonna be nights where we’re not gonna shoot very well, but we can always play defense,” Curl said. “We want to push the ball, but we can win games when they’re close too.”