The Bulldogs scoring was held to a mere five first-half points against the Panthers from Van Alstyne.

While scoring improved to 13 first-half points against the Princeton Panthers, the Bulldogs were held scoreless in the first quarter while Princeton built a quick 15-point lead.

Princeton continues to top District 9-3A standings with a 5-0 record. Van Alstyne holds the second position with a 4-1 record.

The Bonham Warriors who’ve dropped their last three games against Van Alstyne, Princeton and Farmersville are locked in a three-way tie for third with Royse City and Farmersville, all with 2-3 district records.

The Bulldogs travel to Farmersville Friday night before returning home to take on the Braves Feb. 7. With tip-offs scheduled for 8 p.m.

Van Alstyne 45,

Royse City 20

The Van Alstyne Panthers held Royse City to just five first-half points while scoring 22 of their own en route to a 45-20 thrashing of the Bulldogs at home on Jan. 24.

Jesse Goplin led all scorers with 15 points for the Panthers, while Chuck Hardwich added 10.

Jeremy Alexander ran the Bulldogs offense with 12 points while Chris Smith had four and Tyler Leslie and Gary Freeman each managed two.

District 9-3A basketball

Varsity boys

Van Alstyne 7 15 10 13 — 45

Royse City 3 2 10 5 — 20

Van Alstyne: Jesse Goplin 15, Chuck Hardwich 10, Dylan Burrows 5, Tyler Covington 4, Clint Manley 3, Jake Alexander 2, James Christianson 2, Matt Lay 2, Joseph Gerick 2.

Royse City: Jeremy Alexander 12, Chris Smith 4, Tyler Leslie 2, Gary Freeman 2. Princeton 58,

Royse City 33

PRINCETON — Princeton proved its dominance in District 9-3A basketball Friday night by holding Royse City scoreless in the opening period and continuing to outscore the Bulldogs for the 58-33 win.

The Bulldogs, led by seniors Jeremy Alexander and Chris Smith, bounced back with 13 points in the second quarter, but were unable to continue the rally through he second half.

Alexander and Smith led the Bulldogs with nine and eight total points, respectively.

Chase Spriuell and James Erger each scored 15 for the Panthers.

District 9-3A basketball

Varsity boys

Royse City 0 13 7 13 — 33

Princeton 15 14 10 19 — 58

Royse City: Jeremy Alexander 9, Chris Smith 8, Kirk Fleming 4, Gary Freeman 3, Wynn Posey 3, Tyler Leslie 3, Kolin Padon 2, Josh McKinney 1.

Princeton: Chase Spriuell 15, James Erger 15, Milos Lopicic 11, Bryce Ivy 4, Blake Ivy 4, Cliff Mishler 4, Robert Erger III 4, Kris Nash 1.

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