GHS Bulldogs lose one, win one

Photo by Teresa Shipley After a time-out and some coaching by Bulldog head coach Morris Jenkins, Gainesville basketball team members fist bump and return to the court to defeat the Conway Bears 52-45. Pictured, clockwise from left, assistant coach Seth Lash, Landry Jenkins, Andrew Hambelton, Easton McGee, Ryan Poe, Carter Wise, Wyatt Alms and coach Morris Jenkins.

The Gainesville Bulldogs were on the road last week, taking on the Thayer Bob-cats on Tuesday, Jan. 5, and the Conway Bears on Friday, Jan. 8.

“We competed well and gave really good effort,” Gainesville head coach Morris Jenkins said after the 57-42 loss to Thayer. “We had some key turnovers during their second-quarter run that we never quite recovered from. A definite positive seems to be that we play well enough to keep us competitive. I’m confident these guys will keep trying and improving as we progress through the season.”

Bryce Hambelton and Jake Leeker led the scoring with 21 and 17 points, respectively. Hambelton and Landry Jenkins led in rebounds with 6 each. Jenkins led in assists with 4, followed by Wyatt Alms and Jake Leeker with 3 each. 

Gainesville’s junior varsity brought home a 47-34 winter over the junior Bobcats. Andrew Hambelton led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Sean Wallace with 10 and Nathan Kiger with 6. Other players scoring were Camden Evans 3 and Jarrett Hogan and Garrett Taber with 2 each.

Friday, the varsity Bull-dogs pulled out a 52-45 win over the Conway Bears. “It was good to get a conference win on the road,” said Jenkins. “We have been struggling a bit with offensive consistency and had a little bit of the same in this game, but we did put up 20 points in the fourth quarter, which was encouraging. Our defense gave another good team effort.”

Three players were in the double digits: Bryce Hambelton scored 15, Jake Leeker added 12 and Landry Jenkins scored 11. Other players scoring were Wyatt Alms with 7, Easton McGee 3, Carter Wise 2 and Ryan Poe 2. Hambelton led the rebounding column with 12, followed by Leeker with 8. Leeker led in assists with 5.

Gainesville’s JV dropped a 53-43 loss to the Bears. Andrew Hambelton led the Bulldogs’ scoring efforts with 12 points, followed by Jarrett Hogan and Garrett Taber with 6 each and Camden Evans and Nathan Kiger with 5 each.

Gainesville varsity and JV traveled to Sparta to take on the Trojans on Tuesday, Jan. 12. They head to Dora to take on Ozark County rival Dora Falcons on Friday, Jan. 15. Games start at 6 p.m. 

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