Win some, lose some: Bulldogs split games against Taylorville, Normal West

The Mahomet-Seymour boys' basketball team split a pair of games this past week. The Bulldogs defeated Taylorville last Friday but lost to Normal West on Tuesday night.

Last Friday, the Bulldogs took advantage of a strong start to the game to take care of Taylorville 65-49.

M-S outscored the Tornadoes 23-10 in the first quarter and led 31-22 at the half.

"We got off to a tremendous start," M-S coach Chad Benedict said. "We shared the ball really well and got stops. The first half was very good ... We were really looking for the open man."

The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field and totaled 20 assists in the game against the 18-6 Tornadoes.

"We were pleased with how hungry the kids were at the start of the game," Chad Benedict said. "Our execution was very good in the first half."

The Tornadoes cut the lead to six in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs held them off in the fourth quarter for the win.

"The second half got sloppy at times, but overall we played really well," Chad Benedict said.

Three Bulldogs scored in double digits.

Noe finished with a team-high 24 points, and Grant Coleman finished with 13 points.

Noe and Coleman also had five rebounds, three assists and one steal each.

Noah Benedict collected 10 points and three rebounds, and Jordan Veldman, Lucas Turner and Holt Campion each scored four points.

Veldman and Turner added two rebounds apiece and Campion dished out four assists.

"Jordan Veldman finished well around the basket, and Holt Campion made some really good passes," Chad Benedict said. "It was a very good team effort."

Dawson Finch, Jack McHale and Conner Thomason each scored two points.

 

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Against Normal West, the Bulldogs came out flat, fell behind and could not recover in the home loss.

M-S fell behind by three after the first quarter and by 10 in the second with a halftime score of 37-27.

"We played very poor and they played really well," Chad Benedict said. "I was disappointed in the toughness that we displayed. It wasour worst defensiveperformance of the year."

Normal West extended the lead in the third and fourth quarters and ended up beating the Bulldogs 75-50.

"We need to bounce back with some strong practices and get to work," Chad Benedict said.

Noe finished with 23 points, four rebounds and two assists, and Josh Johnson scored eight points.

Noah Benedict followed with seven points, five rebounds and two assists, and Coleman and Brooks Coetzee recorded five points.

Coleman added two rebounds and Coetzee dished out two assists for M-S.

Holt Campion rounded out the Bulldogs' scoring with two points and two rebounds.

The Taylorville win improved Mahomet-Seymour's Apollo Conference record to 9-2, and the split games set the Bulldogs' overall record at 18-9.

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