The Long County Recreation Department recently kicked off the 2010 basketball season and according to Long County Recreation Department Director Michelle Crowley, the year started on a high note.
"This year’s program has started out great," she said. "We had 62 kids sign up to play and we have nine teams. We want the kids to learn some of the basics of basketball and have a good time in doing so. And so far, I think both goals are taking place."
In the 7- and 8-year-olds’ first game, the Bulldogs beat the Hawks 14-6.Christian Rodriquez, Tariq Walker and Robert Smock each had 2 points for the Hawks. The Bulldogs were led by Nathan Francis with 10 points, Bre’ Strickland with 2 and Elizabeth Wingate with 2.
In a rematch, the Bulldogs won again, 20-3. Their top scorers were Francis with 12 points, White with 4, Strickland with 2 and Sophie Cooper with 2. The Hawks top scorers were Smock with 2 points and Thomas with 1.
In the 9- and 10-year-old division, the Bulldogs beat the Tar Heels 35-11 in the first game. The Dogs lost to the Heels 24-28 in a second game.
In the first match, the Tar Heels’ leading scorers were Jamel Sloan with 6 points and Jamrious Hunter with 5. The Bulldog’s leading shooters were Josh Gordon with 17 points, Mark Ross with 8, Christian Bass with 6, Erin Ginder with 4 and Gary Poppell with 2.
The second game ended with the teams tied at 24. In overtime, the Tar Heels played tough defense and scored 4 points to win. The Bulldogs’ leading scorers were Gordon with 16 points, Bass with 6 and Ginder with 2. The Tar Heels’ top shooters were Matt Strickland with 23 points, Holden Riddle with 2, Sloan with 2 and Alex Carter with 1.