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Truman State’s defense too much for IBA Elite

So far, the Truman State Bulldogs are having a great summer in The Bahamas as they rolled to another win at the Bahamas Basketball Federation’s (BBF) ‘Summer of Thunder’ at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium. Their defense stifled IBA Elite in a 90-43 victory on Wednesday night. They held the local team to only 23 percent shooting from the field.

Redshirt freshman Cade McKnight had a game-high 18 points for the Bulldogs. Dwight Wheatley led the way for IBA Elite with nine points.

The Bulldogs held the local team to just 11 points in the quarter.

Tanner Zeil came out with the hot hand, scoring eight of the Bulldogs’ 22 first-quarter points. He was the high scorer in the Bulldogs’ first game of the ‘Summer of Thunder’ on Tuesday night with 21 points.

The second quarter was no better for the local team as the Bulldogs held them to just seven points in the third quarter. IBA Elite shot a miserable 2-for-14 from the field, hitting one three-pointer. At the half the score was 39-18 in favor of the Bulldogs.

The second half was not any different as the Bulldogs dropped 51 points on IBA Elite. The local team only managed 25. They struggled on the offensive side of the ball.

Contributing for the Bulldogs were Zeil and Bodric Thomas with 14 points each. Colin Hill added 10 points.

Scoring behind Wheatley’s nine points was Tevin Hudson with six points. Nathan Anderson and Jefferson Oliver scored five each in the losing effort.

McKnight closely missed out on a double-double grabbing nine rebounds. Grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds was IBA Elite’s Nathan Anderson.

The Bulldogs’ Taurin Hughes had a game-high nine assists.

Shooting wise, the Bulldogs shot 40 percent from the floor including 10-for-35 from downtown. From the charity stripe they shot 71 percent. The Bulldogs were dominant on the glass grabbing 73 rebounds as a team. They also recorded 17 steals and dished out 28 assists.

IBA Elite grabbed just 44 rebounds as a team.

The Bulldogs will play their final game of the BBF’s ‘Summer of Thunder’ against the New Providence Basketball Association’s (NPBA) All-Stars tonight at 7 p.m.

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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