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Tyler Bruntz. Jr. blows past the defense on a break away on his way to an 11-point game. The Bulldogs lost 62–43.

Tyler Bruntz. Jr. blows past the Tri-Village defense on a break away. Bruntz had 11 points in the Bulldogs' 62–43 loss. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

Boys basketball team faces tough loss in tournament

In the first round of the sectional tournament, the Yellow Springs boys varsity basketball team faced a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Tri-Village. The Bulldogs battled back from deficits with clutch distance shooting, were dominant on the defensive boards and delivered their opponents some epic blocks, but struggled to shut down Tri-Village’s offense, eventually falling 62–43.

Though the Bulldogs never had a lead in the game, they came back from numerous deficits to tie their opponents and keep themselves in the game. At the half they were only down by five points, buoyed by Greg Felder Jr.’s aggressive drives and Tyler Bruntz’s outside jumpers in the physical second quarter.

At the start of the second half, senior Isaac Haller hit a pair of three-pointers for the Bulldogs, and Bruntz and Felder Jr. also contributed threes to tie the team with 32 points apiece in the third. Yellow Springs scored 14 points that quarter, but failed to stop Tri-Village’s aggressive offense, who bested them with 16 points by the quarter’s end. In the fourth, Tri-Village began to pull away, and though the game was soon out-of-reach for the Bulldogs, they continued to battle until the end.

 

Box score courtesy of the Dayton Daily News.

 

Point guard Felder Jr. was strong on both sides of the court, rejecting Tri-Village’s shots, putting in buckets from the inside and outside of the key, and sparking the Bulldog’s attack. He ended the night with 19 points. Bruntz scored 11, Haller had nine and forwards Cole Edwards and Devin Massie each contributed two points.

Yellow Springs ended their season 8–12 and were 6–6 in conference play, tied for third place in the Metro Buckeye. Bruntz was the team’s leading scorer, averaging 15.21 points per game (fourth highest in the conference) and Felder Jr. averaged 11.89 (10th in the conference). Haller ended his last season with the team at 7.56 points per game.

Photos by Megan Bachman

 

Cole Edwards shoots over a jumping Tri-Village player to drop an eight-footer.

Cole Edwards shoots over a jumping Tri-Village player to drop an eight-footer.

 

 

Massie and Robbie Jones fight to contain the Tri-Village forwards while Haller and Bruntz look to help.

Massie and Robbie Jones fight to contain the Tri-Village forwards while Haller and Bruntz look to help

 

 

Felder Jr. plays solid defense.

Felder Jr. plays solid defense.

 

 

Haller charges past a Tri-Village player on his way to the hoop. Haller had nine points in the team's 62–43 loss.

Haller charges past a Tri-Village player on his way to the hoop.

 

 

Bruntz, left, and Robbie Jones with a member of their coaching squad, come back from the half inspired.

Bruntz, left, and Robbie Jones with a member of their coaching squad, come back from the half nervous but inspired.

 

 

The Yellow Springs cheerleading squad fires up the crowd.

The Yellow Springs cheerleading squad fires up the crowd.

 

Felder Jr. delivers a devastating rejection of a Tri-Village player's shot.Felder Jr. delivers a devastating rejection of a Tri-Village player’s shot.

 

Massie assess the close score at the end of three quarters.

Massie assess the close score at the end of three quarters.

 

 

Massie reaches for a pass while a Tri-Village defender challenges for the ball.

Massie reaches for a pass while a Tri-Village defender challenges for the ball

 

 

Haller passes into Jones in the third quarter.

Haller passes into Jones in the third quarter.

 

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