Chelsea Bulldogs defeat Lincoln Railsplitters 2/13/18

By: Seth Kinker,

Senior Ronnie Buford dunks the ball in the second half of Chelsea’s 68-53 win over Lincoln.

The Chelsea Bulldogs Boys Basketball team avenged a two-point Jan. 12 loss last night, defeating the Lincoln Railsplitters with a convincing 68-53 win at Chelsea High School.

In the first meeting of these two teams, the Bulldogs held a ten point lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Railsplitters then proceeded to hit 12 three-pointers in the fourth quarter along with some clutch free throws to come out on top 78-76.

After the first half, the score remained tight, a 29-28 lead for the Bulldogs and head coach Mark Moundros wanted to work the ball inside.

“I think we had some key post opportunities and we took advantage of those in the second half,” said Moundros.

The Bulldogs built a 15-point lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Railsplitters 22-8.

Chelsea senior forward and Western Michigan football commit Ronnie Buford had 8 points in the quarter, all in the paint. A layup, a dunk after a steal, another layup, and a back down jump hook.

Junior forward Hunter Neff had two buckets that both came in the paint, backing down his defender both times and drawing a foul on one of them.

Sophomore guard Adam Hauser added 8 points in the quarter and paced the Bulldogs with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

“Adam’s just hard to guard one on one,” said Moundros. “He’s got the size of a big guy but is quick with his dribble.I think he’s coming along as a sophomore and we’re really excited for him for the rest of the season and his future.”

For the second time this season the Bulldogs held a lead going into the fourth quarter against the Railsplitters, this time a 15-point lead.

During the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, the Railsplitters went on a 16-5 run, finally forcing a Bulldog timeout with 4:10 remaining after another turnover and easy lay-up for the Railsplitters.

“I thought when we turned it over was when they started to make their runs,” said Moundros on the timeout to slow down the pace after the Railsplitter run. “A lot of their offense was in transition because they’re so guard-oriented and they’re great in transition. We wanted to try to eliminate turnovers on our end and try to box out and keep our assignments. Just focus on the defensive end and not turn it over,”

Senior guard Quinn Starkey was fouled on the Bulldogs possession coming out of the timeout and stepped to the line and hit both free throws to make the score 58-52 with 3:28 left. That’s the closest the Railsplitters would get as the Bulldogs were the team clutching up at the free throw line to end the game.

Hauser led the team with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Buford added 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Starkey had 12 points and 5 assists.

The Bulldogs moved to 10-5 (6-3) and into a tie with the Railsplitters for third place in the S.E.C. White. They have a chance to avenge another two-point loss, this one to rival Dexter, at Dexter High School on Thursday.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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