Tuesday nights game between the Burgin Bulldogs and Campbellsville Eagles was a close thriller that went down to the wire, but in the end it was the Eagles that came away with the win, 53-49.
The tone of the game was set in the first quarter with the teams tying the score twice, 7-all and 9-all. Neither team was able to extend their lead beyond two possessions throughout the period with Burgin leading by as many as five and the Eagles by as many as six, with Campbellsville leading at the end of the period, 17-13.
Burgin continued to move the ball well offensively in the second quarter and had seven assists on their 12 made field goals in the first half.
“We’ve really worked on keeping the ball moving in practice,” said Burgin Head Coach Brian Kirk. “We had gotten in a bad habit of holding onto the ball, letting the defense get set, so it was good to see it pay off tonight.” Burgin ended the game with 11 assists on 18 made field goals.
The Bulldog’s efficiency on the offensive end helped keep the Eagle’s lead at two possessions throughout the period until a three point basket by Damontez Smith put Campbellsville up 32-25 heading into halftime.
The two teams continued to go back and fourth to start the second half, but poor free throw shooting allowed the Eagle to build a double digit lead by the midpoint of the third quarter, 40-30. Burgin fell behind by 12 on the Eagle’s next possession and continued to trail by double figures with less than a minute left if the period.
The Bulldogs went on a scoring frenzy before time could expire, however, scoring seven points in 50 seconds making it a one possession game heading into the final period, 44-41.