No. 20 Bulldogs suffer narrow loss against Byng Pirates

Evan Grice
Sulphur’s TJ Todd readies to go up for a jump shot in the lane during the second half Friday afternoon against Byng at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Throughout the years, the Chesapeake Energy Arena has seen more than its fair share of exciting games thanks to the Oklahoma City Thunder and other basketball teams.

Friday afternoon it was treated to an exciting contest courtesy of the Sulphur Bulldogs and Byng Pirates.

Unfortunately for the boys in red and white, they came out on the wrong end of the thriller, as the No. 20 Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the year by a 57-53 score against the Pirates.

The first quarter started brightly enough for the Bulldogs, who managed to stay with Byng through the first three minutes tied at 5-5.

But the Pirates caught fire on offense and stormed ahead to lead 10-5 at the 4:28 mark of the first quarter.

Sulphur managed to get within two points at 13-11 with 3:21 left in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs struggled the rest of the way in the first as Byng built a 23-13 advantage going to the second.

The Bulldogs did manage to find their offensive mojo again before halftime, as they closed the gap to six points at 28-22, before getting to 28-24 with 2:23 left in the first half.

But it was the Pirates who went into the break leading 30-24.

Sulphur managed to get to within two points in the third quarter at 32-30 less than three minutes in.

Heading to the fourth it was the Pirates leading 43-37, but the Bulldogs were prepared to make one last charge in the fourth.

Less than four minutes into the fourth quarter it was a tie game at 44-44, and the Bulldogs appeared to be primed to take the lead.

Unfortunately, the Pirates shut the door down the stretch as the Bulldogs couldn’t get any closer than 51-49 the rest of the way, being outscored 6-4 over the last 1:52 of the game.

Weston Arms led the scoring for the Bulldogs with 19 points followed by Tavius McDonald and TJ Todd with 12 points apiece.

Cole Hammond put in six points in the game for Sulphur.

The Bulldogs (5-1) are back in action Tuesday night at Lone Grove before going to the Charles K. Heatley Tournament in Lindsay beginning on Thursday.