The Tuckerman Bulldogs tipped off the 2012-13 basketball season Tuesday night with a 57-52 victory on the road over Bradford.
“It was a typical first game for us,” Coach Morgan Gilbert said following the win.
“We were a little bit erratic most of the night and maybe even a little over-hyped. But we shot the ball well and made our free throws down the stretch.”
The Bulldogs shot 23-45 (52 percent) from the field for the ball game and 8-10 from the free throw line.
“We outscored them 14-11 in the third quarter and held on in the fourth quarter. The game was tied a couple of times there in the fourth, but we never trailed and we hit eight consecutive free throws in the final period,” Gilbert explained.
“I’m real proud of the way we shot the ball.”
The Eagles jumped out to a 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Bulldogs cut it to 28-27 at intermission.
Outscoring the Eagles in the third quarter, Tuckerman held a 41-39 lead at the end of three quarters.
Cade Niswonger led three Bulldogs in double figures as poured in 26 points and 10 assists. Spencer Shannon added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Tyler Chatman chipped in with 10 points while Rowan Mason grabbed 7 rebounds.
The Bulldogs host Weiner Thursday, Oct. 18 in their home opener before traveling to Hillcrest Tuesday, Oct. 23.