The Dexter boys’ basketball team jumped back into the SEC schedule on Friday night in Chelsea and hit the ground running. The Dreadnaughts played a solid first half but couldn’t carry that same offensive intensity into the second half as the host Bulldogs rallied for a 48-41 victory.
A triple by Tony Seidl gave Dexter an early 6-4 lead. Brady Rosen’s put-back with 2:20 left in the first quarter gave the visitors a 10-6 lead. Dexter led 12-6 after the first quarter.
The Dreads kept on firing.
A rebound and basket by Rosen pushed the Dreads’ lead to 16-8 midway through the second quarter. A jumper by Randy Gesell gave Dexter a 23-13 lead with 2:48 to play in the first half.
Dexter led 26-13 at the break.
Alex Snow scored inside with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter to give Dexter a 32-22 lead. Then, the Bulldogs finally got rolling and the Dreadnaughts had no answer.
A basket by Chelsea’s Quinn Starkey capped off an 11-0 run as the Bulldogs took a 33-32 lead with 1 minute to play in the third quarter.
Chelsea led 35-32 after three quarters.
The statement came early in the fourth quarter when Chelsea’s Ronnie Buford grabbed a rebound and slammed home a gym-roaring two points.
But the Dreads responded – at least initially.
A triple by Snow and two free throws by Nate Robards tied the game at 37-37 with 5:34 left to play. The Bulldogs nailed a triple, scored inside and then hit two free throws to take a 46-37 lead with 2:31 to play.
And the Dreadnaughts couldn’t come up with enough offense to get back in the game.
Dexter looks to get back on track Friday night against visiting Lincoln.