Last Monday Swanton honored their basketball 1,000 point scorers by unveiling the new display boards in McQuade Gymnasium.
The current Bulldogs probably could’ve used some of the old Bulldogs in uniform as Swanton shot just 33 percent, as Toledo Christian pulled away in the fourth quarter to a 40-28 victory.
Both teams shot a measly 25 percent in the first half, each going 5 for 20.
The only true offensive threat was the Bulldogs’ Dylan Gilsdorf who scored 11 of Swanton’s 14 points.
That countered a pair of three-point shots by Delano Smith and a couple hoops inside by Marcus Durden, as the teams were deadlocked at 14 after the first 16 minutes.
Andrew Thornton scored the first bucket of the third, nearly two and a half minutes in, to give the Bulldogs a 16-14 lead.
After Trevor Wensink tied the game for the Eagles, Thornton scored again on a high-low game from Randy Slink to again put the Dogs up a pair at 18-16 with 4:20 left.
Smith’s drive knotted the game at the 3:39 mark, before Gilsdorf gave Swanton their last lead of the game with a pair of free throws at 20-18 with 3:11 to go.
From that point, Toledo Christian put together the only real scoring run of the game, a 13-2 spread that lasted nearly seven minutes.
Wensink rebounded his own miss to tie the game and Smith hit a second chance triple with 27 ticks left in the third to give the Eagles the lead for good.
Landon McGill hit the first two field goals of the fourth quarter, one off an out-of-bounds play and the other a deep triple from the right wing to extend TC’s lead to 31-22.
Any comeback attempt by Swanton would be hampered by a total of eight fourth quarter turnovers, as the Bulldogs only could muster four field goal attempts the last eight minutes.
Toledo Christian shot 15 for 43 for the game, while the Bulldogs were 11 of 33.
Gilsdorf’s 15 points led all scorers. Smith had 13 to lead the Eagles (15-4).
Swanton, now 5-14 on the season, will be back in action at Liberty Center Friday night.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org
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