The Miles Bulldogs varsity boys scraped and clawed their way to a 2-point win, 52-50, over the Eldorado Eagles. The varsity girls Lady Dogs weren’t able to overcome a determined Eagles defense and fell 40-28.

The Lady Dogs (8-15 overall, 1-4 in district) took on a determined Eldorado Eagles (19-9 overall, 4-0 in district) team that showed why they are legitimate title contenders in the district. Eldorado’s offensive game was centered on ball movement, allowing them to get open shots and to also park under the basket and get some easy layups. The Eagles’ defense kept the Lady Dogs from getting open shots and forced them to outside shots most of the game.

The 1st period saw Eldorado jump out to an 8-1 lead. Miles cut that lead to 8-3 and then Skyler Brooks was fouled on a 3-point attempt and hit all 3 free throws to make it an 8-6 game. Brooks was double teamed on almost every play throughout the game. A few plays later Eldorado was up 10-8 when Alexa Schwertner hit a beautiful perimeter shot and Miles took an 11-10 lead. That play was probably the best play of the night as far as ball movement for Miles. The team made 6 passes on that one play, swinging the ball around the horn, inside to Reagan Smithwick who then passed it back out when the Eagles’ double-team descended on her. Schwertner took the pass and pulled up for the long jumper. The Eagles tied the game 11-11 on a free throw but a short time later Tycie Lange hit a jumper to make it 13-11 and retake the lead.

In the 2nd period the Lady Dogs defense picked up significantly and they created turnovers. They blanketed the Eagles players time and time again, refusing to allow the players any open looks. Eldorado didn’t have any easy shots as the Lady Dogs went into halftime with a 15-13 lead.

The 3rd period was back-and-forth as the two teams fought tooth and nail to gain any advantage. The Eagles #11, senior point guard Victoria Dehanis, guarded Brooks most of the night and played her tight.

Nothing was easy for the Lady Dogs. The Eagles tied the score 15-15 when the Eagles #42, power forward senior Codee Meador, made a layup. Schwertner once again responded with a 3-point shot and Miles regained the lead, 18-15. One the next play Meador was in the paint when she took a pass and hit a layup to make the score 18-17. Smithwick scored on the next play to increase the lead, 20-17. Once again Eldorado responded when #12, senior point guard Emmie Grace Mynatt knocked down a 2-point shot. The score was 20-19. Eldorado tied the game at 21-21 a short time later and Miles called a time out. When play resumed the Eagles’ Meador was fouled and hit 1 of 2 free throws to take a 22-21 lead. Miles would never regain the lead. By the end of the period Eldorado was up by a score of 28-21. Eldorado would score 12 points in the 4th period, compared to Miles’ 7 points. The game would end in Eldorado’s favor, 40-28.

It was clear by the 4th period that the Lady Dogs were wearing down. Eldorado was outsized by Miles but the combination of Meador and Dehanis wreaked havoc on Miles’ defenders. The Lady Dogs were kept off balance by a stingy Eldorado defense that stepped up their game in the final period.

Next up for the Lady Dogs will be a game on the road against a 9-14 Ozona team that is 0-4 in district play. It will be a key game if Miles wants to stay in the hunt for a district title. As it stands, Christoval and Eldorado are at the top of the pecking order. Miles will play Ozona again on February 11th, which will be their last game of the season.

 

Bulldogs take bite out of Eagles

 

The Miles Bulldogs boys’ varsity (8-11 overall, 1-1 in district) team hosted the Eldorado Eagles (10-9 overall, 0-2 in district) after the girls’ varsity game. The Bulldogs started off fast and kept the pressure on Eldorado the entire game. Miles pushed the ball up and down the floor and used their fast break to score most of their 15 points in the 1st period. The Eagles scored 10 points to end the first period down 15-10.

The Eagles’ defense was working to keep up with a Miles offense that never seemed to tire. Miles’ #20, senior Stihl Hoffman, covered a lot of floor. He was shooting from the perimeter and when they Eagles would jump out to cover him he’d pull the ball down, cut inside and score. That movement forced the Eagles to have to switch off to cover Hoffman. One defender would be guarding him outside, he’d cut inside and another defender would pick up coverage. That caused some confusion that the Bulldogs used to their advantage.

The 2nd period had Eldorado starting off on a 6-0 run, taking a 16-15 lead within the first 2 minutes. They had adjusted their offense and started making more passes to open up the floor and give them some clean looks at the basket. The Eagle’s defense also stepped up and forced Miles into making several turnovers. It took the Bulldogs a few minutes to adjust but when they did they took a 20-16 lead. Eldorado would pull within one point but then Miles would increase their lead on the next possession.

One emerging star for Miles is #21, freshman guard Carsen Ellison. Ellison gave up a lot of size to the Eagles but his quickness was the equalizer. Ellison was outweighed by 20 lbs and gave up 6” to the defenders most of the time but he was able to dribble, cut and keep the ball moving. His passes were on-point and he wore down the Eagles as they tried to keep pace with him. Ellison’s play opened up several key shots for the Bulldogs. He didn’t take many shots but he led the way for his teammates to make some quality shots that were the difference in the game.

The Bulldogs senior point guard, #1 Davian Martinez, is the obvious heart and soul of the team. Martinez is a leader and kept the energy level high that presented a myriad of problems for the defenders. He’d power the ball into the paint or pull up for a perimeter jump shot. The Bulldogs have another key freshman in #15 Shelton Petrey. During the game Petrey was able to make his living in the paint. The Eagles defenders would move out to double team Martinez or Hoffman and Petrey would find an open spot in the paint, take the pass and drop in 2 points.

The game got chippy in the 3rd period when the Eagles’ senior power forward, #15 Kevan Covarrubiaz, started trying to goad Martinez and other players. There was a lot of talk on the floor but the discipline that Miles has didn’t allow them to lose focus or make avoidable fouls.

The game went back and forth with the teams swapping the lead every possession. At one point Eldorado led 30-28 when Martinez drove inside and drew a foul and hit both free throws to make it 30-30. Miles then put 6 more points on the board to take a 36-30 lead. The period would come to a close with Miles up 41-35.

The 4th period was a struggle for the Bulldogs as they managed to only put 9 points on the board, compared to the Eagles 15-points. It was the Bulldogs determined play that kept them from surrendering the lead. Both teams played hard the entire game, never taking a play off or giving each other easy shots. When the final buzzer sounded Miles came away with a 52-50 victory that was a tribute to their incredible tenacity and never-surrender style of play. Every member of the Bulldogs team knew their individual roles and kept to the game plan. If there had been any chinks in their armor they would have come away with a loss. It was a true team victory with everyone, including bench players, contributing to the victory.

Next, Miles will hit the road and head to Ozona to take on an underachieving Lions team that has yet to win a district game. For now Miles is behind Christoval and Winters who are both 2-0 in district play. Eldorado fell to 0-2 in the district, which is tied with Ozona for the worst district record.