Elliott Byrd 22’: On February 4th the Romeo Bulldogs faced the MAC White division leaders, Grosse Pointe South. Leading up to the game the Bulldogs were 4th place in division and 5-7 overall, the Blue Devils had 11 wins and only 2 losses.
Leading up to the game on the 4th, Romeo lost two out of their last four games, while their opponents the Blue Devils, held a 9 game winning streak. Although the Blue Devils held an impressive win streak Romeo was not intimidated whatsoever, coming out strong holding a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. The immensely tough Grosse Pointe South team didn’t flinch at all responding by scoring 18 points and holding Romeo to 12 in the second quarter. The game remained tight throughout the second half, but the Blue Devils pulled away securing 16 points in the final quarter. The theme throughout the game was Grosse Pointe South’s defense and perhaps some mental lapses from Romeo. G.P.S clamped the Bulldogs throughout the game forcing an abysmal 24 turnovers. If Romeo didn’t turn over the ball as much as they did the score probably would have looked very different than 50-58.
Even though Romeo lost, chalk the game up as a moral victory. No one predicted that Romeo would be in an opportunity to win a game in the fourth quarter. “I would consider this to be a moral victory, it really showed us how good we actually can be,” Bryce Tinson 20’ said.
On February 6th the Bulldogs attempted to carry their good momentum and convert it to a win against the Warren Mott Marauders. This is exactly what happened, Romeo seemed to have a little bit more confidence in their play against the Marauders. Romeo played outstanding on defense, cut down their turnovers and came out with the win against Warren Mott with a final score of 50-45. Led by the bigs this game, the Bulldogs received a combined 30 points from the big man tandem, Mason Buch ‘20 and Weston Jones ‘21. Buch put up a season high 18 points and Jones added another double digit night to his season resume.
Next week on the 11th and 14th look for the Bulldogs to climb up the MAC White Standings while taking on Utica Ford and using the game against Utica as a final tune up before the MAC tournament.