Categories: General
      Date: Jan 13, 2010
     Title: Boys open  district play with a loss

Foul trouble early in the game spelled defeat for the Dalhart basketball team as they opened district play against the Levelland Lobos.  Dalhart is now 13-3 and 0-1 in district play as they lost 49-56 in their first home game in district. 



By Rodney White

Foul trouble early in the game spelled defeat for the Dalhart basketball team as they opened district play against the Levelland Lobos.  Dalhart is now 13-3 and 0-1 in district play as they lost 49-56 in their first home game in district.  

Coach Walker said this was a tough loss against a good district opponent. He also noted the team played very hard and they will rebound Tuesday against Borger on their home court.  

The Wolves started out great, leading 6-3 and 9-3, before Levelland rallied to make the score 12-10.  Levelland made a three for their first lead, 12-13.  Chase Pope tied the game at 13 with a free throw, but the Wolves trailed 13-16 at the end of the first quarter.  

Thomas Allen and Harper Scofield both got in foul trouble and saw limited action in the second quarter. This allowed Levelland to take a six-point lead at halftime, 18-24.

Thomas Allen made a basket after the half to cut the lead to 20-24.  DaVonte Burks had a big rebound and threw the ball down court to Noah Jesko who made a three to make the score 24-31.  Tyler Smith hit two free throws to make the score 26-33.  Thomas Allen hit a 10-foot jumper to make the score 28-35, but then he picked up his fourth foul on a loose ball scramble.  At the end of the third period, the score was 31-40.  

The Wolves opened the fourth quarter with four offensive rebounds in a row before Tyler finally put the ball in to make the score 36-43.  He was fouled on the shot, and the free throw moved Dalhart closer at 37-43.  Jesko hit a three to make the score 42-47.  Burks was fouled on his next layup attempt, but missed the free throws  Harper finally got on the board with a layup with four minutes left in the game to make the score 44-47.  Jesko hit a free throw to make it a two-point game, and the Wolves called time out with 3:46 left in the game.  Thomas Allen hit a 10-foot jump shot to keep Dalhart in the game at 47-52 with 2:20 left.  Harper made a strong move to the basket and scored at 49-52, but the Wolves could not get closer, and lost 49-56.  As was the case last year, Omar Gonzales was a thorn in the side of the Wolves making 28 points to lead Levelland in scoring.

Individual Statistics: Noah Jesko 18 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Tyler Smith 12 points 11 rebounds 2 assists and 1 steal, Tyler was 6 of 8 from the free throw line. Thomas Allen, 11 points, 9 rebounds 1 assist and 2 steals.  Harper Scofield 4 points. DaVonte Burks 2. Chase Pope 2.