The second seeded Drexel Bobcats held off a strong first quarter performance by the seventh seeded Appleton City Bulldogs in the first round of the WEMO conference basketball tournament Dec. 3, defeating the Bulldogs 42-24.
The first quarter featured a scoring duel between Appleton City’s Tyler Piepmeier and Drexel’s Javyn Johnston. Piepmeier scored six of the Bulldogs 14 first-period points, while Johnston contributed nine of the Bobcats seventeen opening period points.
After the first period, Appleton City could not keep the pace with Drexel. The Bobcats continued their scoring barrage by adding 14 more points in the second quarter, while the Bulldogs could only manage four points.
“We lost five seniors from last year," Drexel head coach Dennis Bolton said. "Several of last years junior varsity guys are having to step up and learn how to compete at the varsity level.”
This Bobcat team is young, featuring only two seniors who return from last years’ state championship team.
Drexel continued its machine-like offense in the second half, adding 11 points in the third quarter and 13 points in the fourth.
Johnston led the Bobcats with 25 points followed by Jacob Antley with 11 points. Drexel moves on to the semi-finals to face Rich Hill.
“We were the bigger team tonight but did not rebound well,” Bolton said. “We will need to improve on that against Rich Hill.”