The Cornersville Bulldogs (1-4) are searching for a victory in all the wrong places as they dropped their third straight game to Middle Tennessee Christian Tuesday night at home, 53-47.
Coach Adrian Wilson's team, coming off their best season in many years, cannot seem find their rhythm to put together a full 32 minutes.
It's not for lack of effort or hustle on the part of the Dawgs. It's just that about everything that can go wrong has, and every bounce of the ball has gone the wrong way.
Other teams would be discouraged by the difficult-to-take loss on Monday versus Community, but the Bulldogs were not and they came out with fire and intensity to start the game on Tuesday versus the Cougars.
They even fell behind early in this contest, but fought back from a 9-4 first quarter deficit to lead at the end of the period 16-13. The late quarter burst was sparked by a Steven Nelms three-pointer and a driving lay-up by Garrett Stiles to tie the game.
Tyler Cole put the Dawgs in front 12-9 on a three-bomb from the top of the key. MTCS went back ahead 12-11 and Cole hit a jumper to see saw the lead back to the Dawgs. Two late free throws by the Cougars with just seconds left gave them the lead 14-13, but the Bulldogs ran a perfect inbounds play that sent Lucas Highfill streaking for a layup as the buzzer sounded to end the period with the Dawgs in front.
Again, the Dawgs would fall behind and then play catch-up with the Cougars in the second period. Halfway thru the stanza, the Bulldogs trailed by eight points, 26-18 before they mounted a nice run to cut the lead to 28-24.
Logan Siler hit a jumper for the Cougars with just 20 seconds left to push the lead to 30-24, but Cole responded by beating a double team in the paint for a lay-up just before the halftime horn sounded as the Dawgs trailed by just four points at 30-26 after two periods.
The Bulldogs suffered more turnover troubles in the third period, giving the ball to the Cougars on six different occasions. MTCS took advantage by scoring 10 points off the miscues to take an eight point, 41-33 lead into the final stanza.
Andrew Kuhn hit a jumper on the Cougars' first possession of the fourth period to push the lead to 10 points, but the Bulldogs battled back to get to within six on four different occasions during the quarter.
Two free throws by Cole with 35 seconds left made it a five-point game at 48-43, but Middle Tennessee Christian would eventually ice the game from the free throw line in the waning moments to take the contest.
Cole led all scorers with 18 points for the Bulldogs, Josh Rich and Garret Stiles had eight, and Nelms and Jimmy Civils pitched in with six. The Bulldogs will try to break the losing streak next Tuesday at home versus Huntland (0-2).