SPRINGFIELD -- Doyle’s 55-36 loss to Springfield Thursday didn’t produce many clips worthy of a highlight reel, but Tristan Jones sure tried.
Taking advantage of an empty frontcourt for the Bulldogs, who were forced to bench both Bryce Johnson and Mikail Brown early in the second quarter because of foul trouble, Jones found himself driving the lane between guards Isaiah Jackson and Trevor Martin.
Jones posted 19 points and held his own defensively. Unfortunately for Doyle, he was the only player with a night to remember.
While Jones put up a solid effort, Springfield coach Blake Zito's crew pulled off a district sweep of the Tigers, something he knows is no small feat.
"I've been a part of a lot of rivalries," Zito said. "Those kids really get along, and it's a fun, competitive one. It's going to be fun going forward too because they have a really good, young squad."
Both Eli Dawsey and Deon Landor struggled at the free-throw line, resulting in just one point on six attempts for Dawsey, and 2 points on six attempts for Landor.
Dawsey opted to find Jones at the key, often times passing up his own opportunities to feed the hot hand. Landor dominated on the glass in the brief absence of Johnson and Brown but struggled to keep the rhythm going once they returned.
“We tried to get it to our big guys as much as we could, but they did a good job of containing them down low, even without their starters,” Jones said.
Doyle still kept things close until the start of the fourth quarter, when Johnson went off for 14 points, draining all six of his free-throw attempts and chipping in a handful of layups.
For guard Preston Smith, it was all precautionary.
“We started to hold the ball a little longer in the fourth and started looking for the best shot,” Smith said. “The last time we played them they started to make a push in the fourth quarter, so we were prepared to stop it this time around if it happened again.”
Landor finished with 4 points.
The Bulldogs were led by Johnson’s 20, along with 14 from Jackson and eight from both Martin and Brown each.
Springfield takes on St. Helena st 5 p.m. Saturday, while Doyle hosts Jehovah-Jireh at6 p.m. Tuesday.
SPRINGFIELD 55, DOYLE 36
Doyle 7 10 8 11 -- 36
SHS 4 18 11 22 -- 55
Doyle (36) -- Tristan Jones 8 2-3 19, Eli Dawsey 0 1-6 1, Deon Landor 1 2-6 4, Kade Lewis 1 0-3 2, Cameron Jones 1 1-2 3, Hunter Stovall 1 0-0 3, Landon Wascom 1 0-0 2, Logan Turner 0 0-0 0, Tyson Stewart 0 0-0 0 Totals, Andrew Yuratich 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 6-20 36.
SHS (55) -- Bryce Johnson 6 8-8 20, Isaiah Jackson 4 4-6 14, Matthew Kreutzer 1 0-0 2, Mikail Brown 3 2-2 8, Trevor Martin 3 0-0 8, John Travis 0 0-0 0, Trent Martin 0 0-0 0, Collin Hayden 0 0-3 0, Preston Smith 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 14-19 55.
3-point goals - Doyle 2 (Jones, Stovall); SHS 5 (Jackson 2, Trevor Martin 2, Total fouls - Doyle 16, SHS 16. Records: Doyle 16-15, SHS 11-17. Up next: Doyle vs. Jehovah-Jireh 6 p.m. Tuesday; Springfield vs.St. Helena 5 p.m. Saturday.