LIVINGSTON -- The Doyle boys kept their momentum going Tuesday, using good defense all game and clutch free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter to down Springfield 59-45 in District 9-2A action.
Deon Landor scored 19 points and had 9 rebounds as the Tigers moved to 5-1 in league play with the win.
“We had a problem with offense at the beginning of the season, but we are getting that together,” Landor said. “Now that we’ve got that together, we’re trying to get back to the playoffs.”
Doyle coach Daniel Kennedy said Landor’s play has been a key factor all season for the Tigers,
“He’s a good player that is getting better every day,” Kennedy said. “He competes well in practice and he’s our best athlete – he’s tall and strong and I’m proud of him.”
It wasn’t much of a game from the start as Doyle jumped out to a quick 11-0 in the first 5 minutes. During the span, Landor and Landon Wascom had four points each and Brennan Harris had three.
Springfield didn’t score until Isaiah Jackson hit a layup with 1:33 left in the first quarter to make it 11-2. Jackson hit another bucket with 17 seconds left in the period and the quarter ended with Doyle up 11-4.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, as Doyle took its biggest lead of the half at 26-11 on a basket by Landor with 1:30 left until halftime. The Tigers led 28-15 at the break.
Springfield tried to make it competitive in the third quarter, but could do nothing but stay even, as the Bulldogs’ shooting failed them, with several shots that looked as though they were in would kick out of the basket at the last second.
Doyle still held at 13-point lead at 40-27 going into the fourth quarter, and maintained their advantage thanks to good shooting at the free-throw line.
After Springfield cut the lead to 49-41 with 1:03 left, Doyle made seven of its last eight free throws to ice the victory.
Landor emphasized the importance of hitting those free throws and grabbing rebounds down the stretch.
“I like to get in there and get scrappy,” he said. “And we always have to put the free throws in, because those are what win games.”
Tristan Jones also had a good game for Doyle, scoring 14 points and grabbing 2 rebounds. Harris had 7 points and 9 rebounds while Kade Lewis grabbed 7 boards and Wascom had 8 points.
Kennedy said his team’s resilience kept them from relinquishing the early lead against the Bulldogs.
“In the first half, we competed well and played smart,” he said. “It always helps when you’re making shots.
“The reason it got close is because Springfield is a good team with good players. They pressured us and made us miss some shots, but I was proud that we showed some composure and made free throws down the stretch.”
Springfield coach Mark Erdey gave all the accolades to Doyle for shutting the Bulldogs down.
“We had a slow start and played hard, but they did a good job defensively,” Erdey said. “We shot a lot low percentage, but you have to give them a lot of the credit.”
Springfield was led by Jackson’s 26 points and 4 rebounds. Cam Fox scored 11.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Both teams took care of the ball, as Doyle had 14 turnovers and Springfield just 8.
- Nothing went right for Springfield, even at the free-throw line, as the Bulldogs shot only three free throws for the game, making two.
- Doyle grabbed 38 rebounds as Springfield shot the ball 61 times.
DOYLE 59, SPRINGFIELD 45
Springfield 4 11 12 18 -- 45
Doyle 11 17 12 19 -- 59
Springfield (45) -- Isaiah Jackson 26, Cam Fox 11, Bryce Johnson 4, Reeves Blankenship 4. Totals 20-61 2-3 59.
Doyle (59) -- Deon Landor 19, Tristan Jones 14, Eli Dawsey 8, Landon Wascom 8, Brennan Harris 7, Kade Lewis 3. Totals 21-46 17-29 59.
3-point goals -- Springfield 3 (Fox 2, Jackson 1), Doyle 0. Records: Springfield 16-13, 4-3 District 9-2A; Doyle 16-15, 5-1. Up next: Springfield at Runnels, 6 p.m. Feb. 15; Doyle at St. Helena, 6 p.m. Thursday.