The Bulldog basketball team ended its season with a 61-34 loss to the Pearce Mustangs in Richardson last week.

The Mustangs edged the Bulldogs in both first half periods, but then raced to 21-11 and 14-4 advantages in the second half to secure the win. The Mustangs also out-rebounded Royse City 40-27 setting up more scoring opportunities.

Scotty Arterberry topped the scoring list for Royse City with 11 points while Stephen Edwards topped the rebound category with 7 boards.

“(The) last game was a tough one,” said RCHS coach Anthony Howerton. “We played well the first half then they took it to another level. Pearce has an excellent team.

“On the season, we knew it was going to be a big step. ‘Step Up’ was our motto and we certainly did that. We lacked 4A size and still rebounded and defended well. Offensively we were not on par with the good 4As but our guys never, ever quit in any games.

“Our six seniors really led the way. Most of them started and played the bulk of the minutes. Justin Jacobs, Scotty Arterberry, Stephen Edwards, Wynn Posey, Cory Kawesa and Stephen Reed represented a talented and dedicated class for us. As juniors they won their 3A district championship and as seniors kept us competitive in our first year of 4A ball.

“Next season will be a rebuilding season, but one with promise as we will be very big; including (players of) 6-feet 3-inches, 6-feet 3-inches, 6-feet 5-inches, 6-feet 6-inches, and 6-feet 7-inches. And hopefully they will grow over the summer. We also have four or five good guards coming up.”

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