It may take them awhile to switch sports, but it isn’t taking long to keep the winning ways going for the Carthage Bulldogs basketball team.

They shut out Pittsburg in the first quarter and never looked back the rest of the way, cruising to a 65-37 win in the Bulldogs’ Gym Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs improve to 3-0 on the season, but had Friday’s game with Pleasant Grove canceled by the Eagles. They will now play Texas High in a 7 p.m. game set for Tuesday night.

There could have been a little confusion — they were playing a team long associated with baseball — but the Dawgs didn’t look back.

The 15-0 lead at end of the first quarter easily melded into a 31-11 halftime advantage as the press was working well against the Pirates.

“Obviously I was very pleased with how started the game,” Carthage Coach Charlie Tucker said. “I felt like we were very active defensively and got our hands on a lot of balls. Deflections are always a point of emphasis for us, and we started the game with a lot of those.”

The Bulldogs opened the third period in similar fashion, outscoring the visitors 20-10 to open up a 51-21 lead.

The fourth was just more of the same with Tucker trying several more combinations that coaches who haven’t spent the last three months having the Bulldogs success in football holding them back.

Kavante Brown led the team in scoring with 15, while De’Aundrey Bowman had 13, Montrel Hatten had 10, Kai Horton had nine, Quinton Owens had seven, Natt Marry had six, Anthony Wilson had three, Kelvontay Dixon had one and Montrell Smith had one.

“I think we had pretty balanced scoring and all of our guys contributed,” Tucker said. “I still have a couple of guys that we need to get going offensively, but like I tell them, ‘Some nights your shots don’t fall and you don’t score, but there are many other areas that you can still contribute.’

“Sometimes we can’t control scoring, but we can always control effort, and I am very pleased with the effort of all of our players. We have a couple of minor character issues that are non-basketball related that we have to get corrected, but we will get that fixed. This is a good group of young men and my leaders will get that corrected. This is a fun group to coach and hopefully a fun group to watch.”

Of the 11 players currently on the Carthage roster, nine of them played varsity football in 2019.

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