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Bulldogs stay perfect for tournament title

Stephanie King

The boys’ middle school basketball championship game featured the top seeded ATMS Bulldogs taking on the second seeded SAMS Comets. ATMS came in at 16-0 after defeating NERMS in the semifinal on Friday, while the Comets were 14-2 and defeated RMS in the semis.

ATMS was on the board first as Jagur Williams laid one in off the opening tip-off. SAMS tied the game at 2 all, but Ethan Littlefield knocked down a pair at the free throw line to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead. The Comets would respond with a 7-0 run to take the lead over the Bulldogs by the end of the quarter. Hakeem Butler, Khyland Lindsay, and Na’heim Lilly each scored during the run by the Comets. After one quarter of play, SAMS led 9-4.

SAMS pushed their lead to seven with a drive and score from Lilly, but the Bulldogs would quickly close the gap. ATMS got a bucket from Jacob Johnson and a three from Dylan Weil to make it an 11-9 game. SAMS answered with back to back buckets from Lindsay and Lilly for a 15-9 lead. Ben Walker scored his first bucket of the night to cut the lead to four and Weil drilled his second three of the night to cut the lead to one for the Bulldogs. A three pointer from Bryelle Williams gave the Comets an 18-14 lead, but Johnson answered on the other end with a three for the Bulldogs to cut the lead back to one. At the half, SAMS led 18-17.

The Comets got a free throw from Lindsay at the start of the third to extend their lead to two, but the Bulldogs used a 6-0 to take the lead. J. Williams, Walker, and Weil each scored for the Bulldogs during the run. Butler cut the lead down to three for the Comets at the free throw line to make it a 23-20 lead. Josh Reddick gave the Bulldogs a 25-20 lead with his first bucket of the night. SAMS would stay close as Lindsay scored in the paint to close the gap to three. Walker drained a three before the end of the quarter for the Bulldogs to make it a 28-22 game heading into the fourth quarter.

A three from Lilly at the start of the fourth cut the lead to three for the Comets, but ATMS answered with a bucket to push the led back to five. SAMS got back to back buckets from Lindsay and Tramir Martin to cut the lead to one early in the quarter. ATMS’ Garrett Moser would outscore the Comets 8-2 during the final minutes of the fourth to give the Bulldogs a 38-31 win over the Comets. ATMS finishes the season a perfect 17-0.

Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Garrett Moser with 10 points. Dylan Weil finished with 8, while Ben Walker added 7. For the Comets, Khyland Lindsay finished with 11 points, while Na’heim Lilly chipped in 9. Tramir Martin and Hakeem Glover each finished with 4.

During the awards presentation, Uwharrie Ridge 6-12 was awarded the Otus C. Thomas McDonald’s Sportsmanship Award.

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