275. That’s the total number of points that the Waldron Sr High Bulldogs have put on their basketball season with only four games played. But the icing on the cake is that all four games have been won, putting the Bulldogs with an undefeated 4-0 season record. What a way to get the ball rolling. On Monday, November 18, Waldron took to the hardwoods to face Acorn in Round 1 of the Booneville Bearcat Invitational.
The Bulldogs ended with an 82-67 victory and a 57.1 field goal percentage. The Bulldogs earned 38 offensive and defensive rebounds combined, 17 assists, and nine steals. Senior Guard, Payton Brown led the team with 33 points while Jacob Avila followed with 15. Gada Wagner and Isaac Villarreal put up eight points each and Mason Ford and Caden Fuller putting up six.
Waldron advanced to the semi-final round on Wednesday, November 20 and competed against the always talented Ozark Hillbillies. Just as fans expected, this match was truly a game for the ages. Both teams stepped onto the court with one goal in mind. To make it to the championship round. During the back and forth action, there were 18 ties/lead changes with neither team taking a lead of more than five points. But as time was winding down, it was the Bulldogs who mustered up the strength to pull ahead for the victory 52-48.
Waldron finished with 33 total rebounds, 13 assists, and two steals which were made by Wagner and Villarreal who also scored two and 10 points respectively. Avila pulled in 14 points with Brown bringing in 11 and Fuller making six. Ruben Valdez netted five and Ford and Braden Williams earned two apiece. The Bulldogs will now head to the Bearcat Invitational Finals on Saturday, November 23 to take on Prairie Grove at 6:30 p.m.