The Boling Bulldogs undermanned, with only seven healthy players, hung with the East Bernard Brahmas for a quarter before ultimately losing.

A mid-second quarter dunk by Brahmas senior post Cole Polak fueled their energy as East Bernard finished with a strong 52-27 district win at Bulldog Gym, Friday, Jan. 15.

“We feel good about what we’re doing right now,” East Bernard coach Jerry Brantly said. “We just got to stay out of foul trouble, we’re not moving our feet and we’re reaching and it’s costing us a little bit. When we have everyone on the floor I feel good about what we got.”

Bulldogs’ sophomore Rod Brooks and senior Blake Savage each hit a three in the first quarter. At the end of the first, the Bulldogs were locked into a 10-10 tie with East Bernard.

Boling senior point guard Ruben Becerra left the game early in the second quarter. East Bernard upped the pressure forcing Boling into turnovers that led to quick fast breakpoints and one Polak dunk. The Brahmas held Boling to two points while they took control of the game going into the locker room ahead 24-12.

“Right after the first quarter, we started playing really strong and playing defense really well,” Polak said. “Our press was working and we were making shots.”

Becerra did come back into the game later but by then East Bernard had built a substantial lead. Boling’s senior point guard had a team-high nine points.

Polak finished with a game-high 12 points. East Bernard’s bench was an advantage, getting points from eight different players. Brahmas junior point guard Mason Crist finished with 11 points.

East Bernard’s lone loss in district was to Hitchcock and currently is in second place.

The Bulldogs lone win in district is to Harmony School of Discovery.

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