The Bulldawgs’ winning streak grew to 13 consecutive games last week with a 66-51 victory against visiting Temple.
Paced by Neyland Block’s game-high 22 points, including three 3-pointers, Copperas Cove led at the end of each quarter, extending a 33-28 halftime advantage to 50-39 by the end of the third period.
Multiple players complemented Block’s performance as five Bulldawgs recorded at least five points in the win. Senior guard Tyrese Cooley finished with five points for Copperas Cove, while senior teammates Jacob Carter and Frank Alvarado contributed seven points apiece.
Additionally, Jyhlil Rive scored six points and Davion Stringer tallied five points for Copperas Cove.
With the victory, the Bulldawgs improved to 17-1 entering the three-day Mike Smith Classic at Victoria.
Copperas Cove opened play Thursday, facing Corpus Christi Moody and Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial. Results were not available.
The Bulldawgs continue play today against Victoria West at 10 a.m. and Fort Bend Willowridge at 1:30 p.m.
The tournament concludes Saturday with Copperas Cove’s schedule determined by its results in pool play. The championship game is set for 6:30 p.m.
District 8-6A competition resumes Tuesday, when the Bulldawgs host No. 18 Ellison at 7 p.m. Each teams won its district opener, placing the squads atop the standings with Waco Midway and Killeen.
The Lady Bulldawgs will complete their nondistrict schedule this weekend as they wrap up play at the Aggieland Invitational.
Copperas Cove opened the three-day tournament Thursday at Bryan-College Station with an opening-round game against Victoria East before facing either Wylie East or Longview. Results were not available.
The No. 7 Lady Bulldawgs resume District 8-6A play Jan. 5, when they travel to Shoemaker.
Copperas Cove is in a two-way tie with Killeen for second place in the district standings at 3-1. No. 12 Ellison leads the playoff race with an unblemished 4-0 record, while San Angelo Central and No. 22 Waco Midway are tied for fourth place with identical 2-2 records.
Harker Heights and Belton are each 1-3, and Shoemaker is 0-4.