SWT Sports Writer
Throw out the records, it’s a rivalry game!
The Dublin Middle School Dukes hosted the Pulaski Middle School Orioles in front of a packed house on Tuesday night. Tuesday night’s game featured all the things that make rivalries even more fun to watch than regular games. There were hard fouls, tenacious hustle, and even a new record set.
The Orioles were able to utilize their pressure defense to soar out to an early lead, which at times dwindled thanks to the diehard effort put forth by the Dukes. However, the Orioles were able to pull away thanks to some sharp shooting in the second half, taking the victory 57-41 to move their record to 13-0.
The Orioles coaching staff was pleased with the performance of the team in high pressure rivalry game.
“Dublin played a great game, but our guys handled the pressure well,” said Coach Akers after the game. “This was a typical rivalry matchup. It was a tough, very hard fought game.”
The Dublin Staff was pleased with the effort their team put forth, stating that it was tough loss in a really hard fought game.
Dublin had seven players in the scoring column, with Jaden Frazier leading the Dukes’ scorers with 22 points. Jason Smith scored 8 points, while Connor Martin added 4 points of his own. Jaceri Eaves and Kellen Dalton both chipped in with 3 points each, with Benjamin Poe and Ryan Smith rounding the Dublin scoring effort out with 2 points each. The Dukes were 6 of 11 from the free throw line. Frazier also had 14 rebounds on the night, giving him a double-double, which is a feat at any level.
The Orioles had 5 scorers on the evening. With CC Grubb scoring a game high 27 points, which set a new Pulaski Middle School single game scoring record. Noah Kyle put up 15 points, while Sean Spencer added 9 points. Alex Akers scored 4 points and Trent Blankenship added 2 points to round out the Orioles’ scoring. The Orioles were 5 of 8 from the charity stripe. Mr. Kyle also pulled down 8 rebounds of his own, going hard in the paint up against Mr. Frazier for most of the night.
There are a lot of things that can be taken away after a game like the one played tonight. Personally, I like to look at what lies ahead. While there are a lot of games to be played this year for both Pulaski and Dublin, I find it hard not to ponder the prospect of what these two teams may accomplish once they join each other at Pulaski County High School.
It may be early to say so, but I believe that the people in Pulaski County may want to invest in some sunglasses… because the future of our basketball program is so bright, that you’ll have to wear shades.
The Dukes return to action when they hit the road this coming Thursday, December 12 to take on Scott Memorial Middle School.
The Orioles next game finds them away from home to take on the Christiansburg Middle School Blue Demons exactly one week from Tuesday, on December 17.