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By Mike Motz
Sports Reporter 

Warriors Loss Streak At Four

 

January 20, 2021



Leyton’s Warrior Basketball team’s losing streak has hit four games, with the Warriors dropping two games over last week that they had opportunities to win.

Leyton faced the high-flying Bridgeport Bulldogs at home in Dalton, but even the home court advantage was no use against the talented and high-scoring Bulldog team. Bridgeport started fast by running up 36 points in the first quarter and ending the contest early on their way to a 74-to-26 win against the overmatched Leyton squad. Leyton’s offense struggled all night with KJ Bush and Justin Ernest leading the Warriors’ scoring wth just eight points each.

The Warriors hoped to have better luck against Potter-Dix, a speedy and athletic team with good height that Leyton matches up well against. The first period had the teams trading long range field goals with Potter-Dix leading by three at the end of the first. The game stayed close through the third quarter with Leyton doing a great job containing Potter-Dix standout Luke Kasten, but picking up too many fouls and putting the Coyotes into the bonus before the fourth period. Potter-Dix senior Javon Coyle picked up the scoring pace in place of Kasten, and even though the Warriors’ defense stopped the Coyotes’ offense in the fourth period, Potter-Dix got too many opportunities at the foul line and were able to keep Leyton at bay and pulled out the 58-to-53 win. Bush led all scorers with 23 points in the loss.

On Saturday Leyton hosted the South Platte Blue Knights, and after falling behind by four points at the end of the first period, the Warriors picked up their play and battled to a 22-to-20 deficit at the half. But South Platte’s defense was better in this contest, and although Leyton stayed close, the Blue Knights sealed the win with a solid fourth quarter performance that kept them ahead, earning a 49-to-44 victory. It was just too many missed shots and too many turnovers for the Warriors to overcome, and Leyton’s record fell to 2-and-5 on the year. Leyton gets a rest and is next scheduled to face Potter-Dix in Potter on January 26.

 

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