Bulldogs come up short in homecoming sweep

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca The Bulldogs also point to the heavens in tribute to Jamie Drenkhahn before their contest versus Eagleville.

The Cornersville Bulldogs just could not sustain the momentum of the night as they suffered through a poor second half in falling to the Eagleville Eagles 67-58 on homecoming night.

It was an emotional night for sure and the Dawgs pounced out of the cage to an early 8-0 lead on two consecutive put-backs by Garrett Stiles and baskets by Tyler Cole and Mr. Cornersville Basketball 2007-'08, Steven Nelms.

JoJo Wilson finally got Eagleville on the board with just under four minutes left and the Eagles rallied back. But Nelms and Stiles would both score again in the quarter for the Dawgs, who led 14-11 after one.

Nelms, who finished with 27 points on the night, threw down two three-bombs on Cornersville's first two possessions of the second quarter and the Dawgs opened up a 20-13 lead.

The Bulldogs would go up by as much as nine in the quarter before Eagleville scored five straight to end the half, trailing 27-23.

Nelms also began the second half with a bucket to make it 29-23, before the bottom fell out and the Eagles went on the decisive 15-0 run to go up 38-29. Nelms and Chuck Bassham would hit three-pointers at the end of the quarter to keep it close at 42-35.

Eagleville stormed out in the fourth and went on another run, this time 12-4 to lead 54-39 with just over five minutes left.

The Bulldogs cut the lead to nine on a Jimmy Civils three-pointer at 1:23, but could not get any closer in the game and lost by that nine point margin, 67-58.

The Bulldogs, 11-11 on the season were led by Nelms' 27 (five three-pointers). Stiles pitched in with 14, Cole had seven, Civils five, Bassham three, and Lucas Highfill two.