The Batesville Bulldogs started quickly and ended impressively in Saturday’s game at Madison defeating the Cubs 69-46.
The Dogs started the first quarter with a 5-0 scoring run and ended the quarter with a 12-2 blowout. Coach Aaron Garrett noted, "The Dogs opened the game with one of the best quarters offensively, moving the ball and finding great shots, leading 19-8."
The Bulldog offense was clicking as the players shared and passed the basketball that led to quality shots and scoring opportunities.
The second quarter saw the team score 10 points from the free throw line. Batesville closed the second quarter with an 8-0 run, leading at the half 37-23.
The Cubs went on a small 6-0 third quarter run, which Colt Meyer ended with a deep 3-point basket around the 3:35 mark. The Bulldogs outscored the Madison team in the quarter by a margin of 15-11. Meyer was brilliant, scoring 13 of Batesville’s 15 points.
Madison brought full-court defensive pressure in the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs went through and around those defensive efforts with outstanding passing, ball handling skills and decision-making that led to easy baskets and an impressive and entertaining victory.
The coach said, "The Cubs came back several times in the game to get as close as 7, but the guys kept moving the ball, attacking in transition and playing superb team defense. I am most proud that we had 19 assists on 25 made field goals. It was an impressive win on the road and all eight players that played measurable minutes contributed. The team talk on the floor and from the bench was dialed in and on point."
Batesville had four double-digit scorers: Meyer, 19; Charlie Dice, 17; R.J. Powell, 13; and Sam Voegele, 12. Thomas Raver and Lleyton Ratcliffe added 4 points each to complete the scoring.
Batesville’s JV team won 52-37 over Madison. The JV were led in scoring by Alex Siefert, 10; Calvin Sherwood, 9; Cole Werner, 8; and Brady Westerfeld and Ben Schebler, 7 each.
AT SOUTH DEARBORN
The Batesville Bulldogs got off to a sluggish start Thursday evening, Feb. 6, against an EIAC foe, the South Dearborn Knights. The players found themselves quickly in a hole at 10-2 with 6:04 showing on the first quarter clock. According to Garrett, "I was pleased how the boys fought back after getting down 8 early."
South Dearborn's Alex Shackelford led a fast-breaking attack to start the first quarter that the Bulldogs had difficulty slowing down. After a quick timeout by coach Aaron Garrett, the team began to rally behind the offensive scoring barrage of Voegele. He finished the quarter with 10 points, which included two 3-point baskets from deep. The Bulldogs closed the gap, ending the first quarter down 14-16.
The second quarter unveiled a more "stingy" defensive effort by the Dogs, allowing South Dearborn only 9 points in the quarter. Batesville pulled even with the Knights with 4:55 remaining in the quarter at 18-18. Raver was fouled dribbling down the court with just 1.7 seconds left in the half. He made both free throws and the Bulldogs finished the half leading 24-23.
The coach recalled, "Thomas Raver hit two free throws to end the half to put us up by 1 point. We had not shot well and I challenged the guys at halftime to find better shots, tighten up defensively and to not allow an explosive South Dearborn team to hang around."
The second half was all Batesville. Garrett reported, "The Bulldogs came out ... and methodically just took the game over, outsourcing the Knights 34-16. Sam Voegele kept us in the game early and played really well. Colt Meyer and R.J. Powell came alive in the second half."
The Dogs continued to display a stifling defense, limiting the Knights to 9 points in the third quarter and only 7 in the final quarter. Meyer came alive, leading a 12-7 scoring run to begin the second half. Meyer led the third quarter scoring attack for the Dogs with 8 points.
The Bulldogs proceeded to dominate the fourth quarter both offensively and defensively for a 58-39 victory. The team had a good, balanced scoring attack with Voegele and Meyer leading the way with 18 and 13 points, respectively. Powell had a nice, all-around game, scoring 11 points. Dice and Raver each scored 6 points and Cole Werner added 4 points.
Shackelford had 14 points and Eli Hoffman scored 13 to lead the Knights.
Coach Jay Gerkin's Batesville JV team got back to winning by defeating the South Dearborn JV 50-36. Alec Bunselmeier led the scoring attack with 12 points. Siefert and Kasin Hughes followed with 11 and 7 points, respectively.