Anthony Thompson (’13) played through back pain and led all scorers with 22 points in Bethesda last night as the Bulldogs beat rival Landon 62-52 in a matchup that was much closer than expected.
Bullis was heavily favored coming into Tuesday night but faced adversity early. Landon came out the more focused team and jumped out to an early 16-12 first quarter lead.
“They just played harder in the beginning, but we picked it up,” said Bulldog center Andre Walker (‘14).
Bullis never let the game slip away. Every time Landon made a run, Bullis countered. By halftime, Bullis had a slight 31-30 advantage. In the second half, Bullis played better basketball. On the offensive side, Thompson was key, draining four three pointers and making smart passes to lead the team to victory.
Thompson’s leadership was evident throughout the game to his teammates and spectators in a game that was both frustrating and rewarding for the Bullis faithful.
“Anthony is our senior leader, and he showed it tonight,” said forward Winton Lyle (‘13), who added six points and many key rebounds.
On the other end, Landon struggled to hit shots consistently. Their shots were often swatted back into their faces by the 6’10” Walker. Walker also sparked the team with two big dunks, including one alley-oop from Thompson. The boys pulled away late, making their free throws to ensure a win. With the win, Bullis moved to 13-4 (3-0 in IAC), which puts them in first place in the conference.
Bullis hosts St. Stephen’s on Friday night at 7:30 in a key IAC game. The Saints are 11-4 and 2-2 in the IAC. They are coming off a key win against rival Episcopal and will surely be looking to pick up a third league win. The Bulldogs will look to remain undefeated in the IAC on the back of Thompson, who will be ready to play and contribute Friday night.
Thompson was pleased with the victory, but understood work needed to be done:
“It is always good to beat Landon, because it is a league game, but we need to play better on Friday.”