GAME SUMMARY: PROWLERS 112 BULLSNAKES 99
By Russell Gurule’
This Saturday, the Bullsnakes embarked on a trip to Denton, TX to face the North Texas Prowlers (17-3) in rematch that had playoff implications. The Bullsnakes had defeated the Prowlers earlier in the season at the MAC. This time it would be on the Prowlers home court on the campus of the University of North Texas.
This would be the second road trip of the inaugural season for the Bullsnakes as they were in the hunt for their first road victory ever. The trip wouldn’t be easy as several players were down with injury. The Bullsnakes came in with a squad of eight players to play in this match-up.
The Prowlers are ranked 17th in the latest ABA Power rankings. This would be a tough test for the Bullsnakes as they look to build their case for a playoff spot.
The game started with a 9-0 run by the Bullsnakes lead by Lamar Morinia and Daniel Delgado. The Bullsnakes were able to hold on throughout the 1st quarter as the Prowlers started to chip away at the lead. Near the end of the quarter the Prowlers were able to grab the lead and build it to 7-points.
By the 2nd quarter the Bullsnakes came roaring back to grab the lead. From that point there was several ties and lead changes. The 2nd quarter was a 3-point shootout as Seth Warfield became very hot behind the line with several in the quarter. The Prowlers responded with their shooters to keep pace.
Josh Holmes made several key drives to the basket along with tip-ins by Daniel Delgado to keep the Bullsnakes attack going. Blake Mitchem held the paint with tough aggressive play as the Prowlers continued to attack the basket.
The Bullsnakes were able to hold a lead at half-time 51-49. The 3rd quarter the Prowlers raised their level of play to grab the lead again. This time it was Seth Warfield who brought an onslaught of 3s to pull the Bullsnakes up to a 14-point lead. Brady Patterson handled the point as Lamar Morinia was trying to get through an injury early in the 1st quarter. Brady had several key drives to the basket and Jared Fuller came with solid defense and key baskets.
Mikal Monette came in to spell Blake Mitchem and Daniel Delgado as he was also playing through injury. The Bullsnakes were able to maintain a steady 7- point lead as the Prowlers continued to claw away at the margin.
The 4th quarter the Prowlers began the full court press to eventually grab the lead. The Bullsnakes with only eight players continued to fight through the adversity. The game stayed tight with the Prowlers holding onto a steady 4-point. The game up to this point had many ties and lead changes. The Prowlers were able to put a clamp on the lead with about 3 minutes left to play.
The Bullsnakes were unable to mount a run at the end as the Prowlers continued to build some breathing room. The Prowlers were able to hold on for an 112-99 victory over the Bullsnakes which tied the series between the two at 1-1. Next season’s match-up with Prowlers promises to be very exciting as this series is growing into a rivalry.
The Bullsnakes now move on to face the Tucson Buckets on Feb 23rd on Sunday in Tucson, AZ. You can see that game on Facebook Live starting at 12 noon.