The Bulldawgs lost their seventh consecutive District 8-6A game Tuesday, putting their playoff hopes in serious jeopardy.
After entering district with just one loss all season, Copperas Cove suffered a fifth defeat by three or fewer points thanks to a buzzer-beating shot that gave San Angelo Central a 70-68 victory earlier this week.
On the heels of Friday’s 66-64 loss against Waco Midway, the Bulldawgs appeared poised to end their skid, leading the Bobcats 68-67 with 5.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
But it proved to be more than enough time for Central junior guard Deveraux Minix, who made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a two-point victory.
Quinton Ford, a junior, led Copperas Cove with a team-high 19 points, while Neyland Block and Frank Alvarado contributed 10 points apiece for the Bulldawgs.
With the loss, Copperas Cove now sits alone at the bottom of the district standings with a 1-7 record.
The Panthers hold first place with a 7-1 record, while No. 25 Ellison follows at 6-2. Shoemaker occupies third place, one spot ahead of Killeen and Belton, which are tied at 4-4.
Harker Heights (3-5) and Central (2-6) sit just outside the playoff picture.
Despite everything, the Bulldawgs, who made a pair of successful, late playoff pushes in recent years, are not mathematically eliminated from the postseason race with six games remaining.
They will look to turn their fortunes around tonight, when they host the Eagles.
Copperas Cove’s slide began Jan. 2 with a 68-65 loss at then-No. 13 Ellison.
The Eagles are coming off a 41-40 overtime loss to Shoemaker.
The Grey Wolves host the Bulldawgs on Tuesday after winning the first encounter 52-50 at Copperas Cove.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Lady Bulldawgs basketball player Erica Powell was named KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 22.
The senior forward finished with a team-high 15 points and eight rebounds, including an eight-point, six-rebound outburst in the fourth quarter, helping Copperas Cove beat visiting Killeen 67-56.
Copperas Cove was overwhelmed in Tuesday’s district opener, falling at Belton 10-0.
Facing the Lady Tigers, who won 13 consecutive district championships before last season, the Lady Bulldawgs simply could not contend, allowing seven goals in the first half.
It was just one of several blowouts around the district, though.
Midway opened its district schedule with a 9-0 victory against Ellison, while Central defeated Shoemaker 8-0. Harker Heights earned a 2-0 win against Killeen.
The Lady Bulldawgs will look to rebound tonight, hosting the Pantherettes at 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldawgs also suffered a shutout loss as Belton won the district opener 6-0.
Elsewhere, the Bobcats beat Shoemaker 7-0, the Knights defeated Killeen 5-0, and Ellison fell to Midway 4-2.
Midway play at Copperas Cove tonight.
Former Bulldawgs basketball standout Rashard Odomes scored nine points Tuesday, helping No. 12 Oklahoma defeat No. 5 Kansas 85-80.
The junior guard made one of his three field-goal attempts and connected on 7-of-8 shots from the free-throw line along with recording three rebounds and three assists.
Saturday, in an 83-81 overtime loss to Oklahoma State, Odomes finished with six points and a season-high eight rebounds.
Odomes holds the all-time scoring record for Copperas Cove.