Hawks fall to No. 1 seed Bullard

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HALLSVILLE, Texas — Pleasant Grove trailed early and never recovered as Bullard extended his playoff run with a 58-39 win in a bi-district boys Class 4A playoff basketball game Monday at Bobcat Gym.

“It’s tough going through the year with this group of seniors and having the end of the season,” Hawks head coach Craig Collvins said. “I enjoyed every minute (of the season). We had seven seniors. They came to work, practice wise. They gave us their all on the floor. I hate to see them go but it’s part of the process. They will be missed .”

Pleasant Grove (11-14) shot 32 percent from the field on 14 of 44 shots and the Panthers (26-5) shot 23 of 64 for 36 percent. Bullard outshot the Hawks, 44-34, and fewer turnovers, 14-10.

Cohen Cade led Pleasant Grove with 8 points, including a pair of shots from downtown. Kennon Kelley finished with 6 points and 6 boards for the Hawks, and teammate Jaylen Board led the team with 7 boards.

Pleasant Grove came in on fourth down, 46-25. Cade scored 7 of his 8 points in the fourth and the Hawks outscored the Panthers in the quarter, 14-12. Bullard outplayed PG in every other quarterback. The Hawks were a No. 4 seed and Bullard came on as the No. 1 seed.

The Panthers surged 8-0 to start the third as they built the lead to 27 points, 42-15. Boardley and Torion Phillips each had a traditional 3-point game for the Hawks in the third.

Garrett Nuckolls had a game-high 16 points for Bullard, rookie Layne Alexander scored 12 and Owen Thompson finished with 11.

Bullard entered the locker room with a 34-15 advantage at halftime.

Pleasant Grove’s only lead was early in the first quarter at 6-3. Kelley drove for a layup for the game’s first points, Johnson connected on 1 of 2 feat shots, and Whitt Lawrence sank a shot from 3-point field for the Hawks.

Nuckolls ripped a 3-pointer to tie the game at 6-all, and the Panthers raced 15-1 to finish first and take an 18-7 advantage.

Lawrence hit a layup to help close the gap, 18-9, but Bullard raced 16-3 to take a 34-12 lead. Kason Wright connected on a trey just before halftime for Pleasant Grove to make it 34-15.

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