Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bulldog Tenacity Tames Tough Tigers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bulldog Tenacity Tames Tough Tigers

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Simply put, the Fort Zumwalt South High Bulldogs did what they had to do Monday night.

In a first-round game of the Duchesne Boys Basketball Tournament, South outlasted Festus 54-51.

"It was an unemotional, ho-hum game for most of the way," South coach Brad Hill said. "But we really came to life there at the end. We were able to make a few plays in the fourth quarter and that was the difference.

"The key, I felt, was our play at the defensive end of the floor. We forced them to take some tough shots and I really felt our defense opened up things for our offense."

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (3-3) will play top-seeded St. Charles West (7-1) in a semifinal game tonight at 8 p.m.

The tournament championship is set for 8 p.m. Thursday.

"Hopefully, this is a game that'll help bring us together a little," said Hill, whose team is experiencing some growing pains. "With so many new faces in the lineup, we're going through an adjustment period right now. We have some talent; it's just a matter of figuring out which guys belong in which roles.

"As long as we continue to work at it, I think we can be a good team. But it's going to take some time."

The Bulldogs had their hands full against Festus, a team with limited size and decent outside shooting. The Tigers, who had 11 3-pointers in the game, used that long-range shooting to stay with South for most of the game.

"To be honest, we really didn't know a whole lot about Festus," Hill said. "We learned that they'd be our first-round opponent last week and that really didn't give us any time to scout. But it didn't take long for us to see that the 3-point shot is a big part of their game."

Down 15-11 after one quarter, the Tigers connected on five 3-pointers in the second quarter to even the score at 28-28 by halftime.

Two more 3's just after halftime allowed Festus to build a 38-33 lead. At the end of three quarters, Festus led 41-37.

But the Tigers, who stretched that lead to 45-38 early in the final quarter, ran into some serious foul problems as the game went on. Festus lost starters Kevin Lucas and Bill Taylor and reserve Andy Boyer to fouls in the final period. …

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