Bulldogs ‘Surprised’ In Loss To Edward Waters
February 24, 2013Fisk University
Nashville, Tenn. --- This past Monday, the Fisk University Bulldogs (8-18, 4-9 in the GCAC) lost a home game to the Edward Waters Tigers 94-82 (12-13, 8-5 in the GCAC) in Gulf Coast Athletic Conference action. Bulldog junior forward Darrell Miller recorded his ninth double-double of the year but it was not enough.
The game featured two of the top three rebounders in the conference in Miller (8.7 rebounds per game) and the conference leader Tiger sophomore forward Nate Hill (9.8 rpg) but it was a little known player that stole the show for the Tigers. Guard Antoine Valiente scorched the Bulldogs with 31 points. Valiente had only played in five games before the contest.
“(Valiente) didn’t play against us when we played them down there. His play surprised us because he wasn’t on the scouting report. Our plan was to control Hill and (Jermonte) Bush. Bush had 26 against when we played them. I think we did a good job on both of them. Once Valiente got started he was hard to stop,” said Bulldog Head Coach Derek Watkins.
The Bulldogs started the game well. Bulldog guard Bradley Grayson hit a three pointer to make the score 28-26 with 4:58 left in the first half. The Tigers then went on an 11-2 run to take a 39-28 lead on a made basket by Valiente. The Bulldogs were able to inch a little closer before the half but they were down by nine going into the locker room.
“We played even with them early on. Missed shots hurt us in the first half. The game should have been much closer. We missed on some opportunities to stay with them,” said Watkins.
After halftime, the Bulldogs went on a run of their own. Trailing 47-38 with 17:38 left in regulation, the Bulldogs then scored 11 out of the game’s next 15 points to cut the Tiger lead to 51-47 on a three point basket by senior guard Myles Carroll (17 points).
“It felt good being able to help the team. We practice driving and kicking the ball out all the time. My teammates did a great job finding me open and my shot was going down,” said Carroll.
The Bulldogs and Tigers traded basket for the next two minutes then the Tigers went on a run that put the game away. Valiente hit three, three point field goals in a row to take the lead to double digits and virtually put the game away for his team.
“(Valiente) was shooting with confidence. After every shot it looked like the basket was looking bigger to him. We will learn from this, and get ready for the last two games of the regular season,” said Watkins.
The Fisk Bulldogs will be back in action this Thursday against the Oakwood (Al.) Ambassadors. It is the final home game for the Bulldogs and they will honor all of their senior athletes. Game time is 8 p.m. Central Standard Time.