Bulldogs pick up victory againts Chemawa
The Culver Bulldogs lost 46-44 to Delphian during the last seconds of play Jan. 7, then beat Chemawa 59-47 Jan. 9 for their second win of the season.
Culver went down by six to Delphian at the half, but a strong third quarter gave Culver a four-point lead they held the majority of the second half.
They were up by three with around 20 seconds left but could not close out the Dragons. Delphian was able to get an offensive rebound that led to a score with short time left.
The Bulldogs turned the ball over on the inbounds play, and the Dragons capitalized on a lay-in to help seal a victory over Culver.
"That was a tough game," head coach John Spinelli said. "It was not a good way to end the game. 15 seconds away. If we just could have secured a defensive rebound, it would have been a different outcome. The kids played well in the second half. The first half was pretty sloppy."
"We missed a lot of free throws, which was a key to why we lost," he said. "I told the kids it should not have been that close. You don't want to put yourself in that situation or give yourself some room, that if a bad call happens or throws up a lucky shot, it won't be the difference in the game. For the most part, the kids played hard, and we scored over 30 points in the second half. We just could not get that one stop at the end that we needed to."
Cord Gomes led the way for Culver scoring 14 points and grabing five rebounds. Luke Spinelli ended the game with 13 points and four rebounds, while Jordan VanAlstyne had 10 points, five assists, and four steals.
Victory against Braves
Culver and Chemawa battled in the first half of their game, and a close jumper by the Braves gave them a two-point lead over Culver at halftime.
"They came out shooting strong and hit a bunch of 3-pointers in the first half," Spinelli said. "The first half was a back-and-forth game. They started off the second half with a couple of quick threes, so they were up by seven two minutes into the half. We went on a 15-0 run, capitalizing on their turnovers. We pressed them, got some easy buckets in transition, hit a couple 3-pointers and defensively shut them down."
"That third quarter we had 25 points," he said. "We really clamped down, executed the offense, hit open shots, and from there, just held on and got the win. We have been in those situations before, where we have a big lead in the fourth quarter and let it slip away, so it was good to see we learned from the mistakes, took care of the ball, hit free throws and close out a game."
Gomes had a big game for Culver, scoring 23 points and seven rebounds. Spinelli had 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Culver. VanAlstyne ended the game with 12 points and five assists, while freshman Logan Macy ended the game with nine points and four assists.
Culver has a home game against Colton at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16. They travel to Gervais, playing at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.
"Colton is struggling a bit, but I told our boys we can lose to anyone in the state if we don't have a good game," said Spinelli. "We can't afford an off night. We need to play well to win. We don't have the natural talent and abilities a lot of these teams have, where they can just go out and play an average game and still win. It is another opportunity to build on what we are working on and improve to get another win."
"A league playoff spot is up for grabs." he said. "There are four top teams, and the other teams are all scrambling for that fifth spot. That is our goal, to claim that fifth spot and gain a berth in the league playoffs. It is definitely within our reach. We just need to keep working hard, improve in each and every game, not take any team for granted and go out there and execute."
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