Copperas Cove @ Shoemaker Boys Basketball

Copperas Cove’s Neyland Block (5) passes the ball as Shoemaker’s Jwan Roberts (3) and Romeo Postell (33) defend on Tuesday night at Shoemaker. The Grey Wolves outlasted Copperas Cove 66-59 in double overtime.

Dennis Knowlton | Herald

The Bulldawgs’ skid continues.

Copperas Cove’s losing streak extended to nine consecutive games Tuesday evening following a double-overtime defeat at Shoemaker, virtually ensuring the Bulldawgs will not qualify for the postseason.

After playing to 50-50 tie at the end of regulation, Copperas Cove and the Grey Wolves remained deadlocked, 52-52, following the first overtime.

Then, however, the back-and-forth contest was blown open as Shoemaker opened the period with a 7-1 run, and the Bulldawgs never recovered, losing 66-59.

With the loss, Copperas Cove falls to 1-9 in District 8-6A competition, with four games remaining in the regular season schedule.

The Bulldawgs’ lone hope of reaching the playoffs requires them to win all their games while both Killeen and Belton lose each of their final games. Harker Heights can also eliminate Copperas Cove from contention with two victories.

The scenario is difficult to comprehend considering Copperas Cove’s start to the season.

Through their first 23 games, the Bulldawgs lost just once, and they made an impressive district debut by blowing out San Angelo Central by 31 points, 104.73.

Little has gone Copperas Cove’s way since, though.

The Bulldawgs have lost six times by three points or less and twice in overtime, including at Shoemaker, where Copperas Cove rallied from a slow start.

In the first quarter, the Bulldawgs missed eight of their 10 field-goal attempts as the Grey Wolves constructed a 17-8 advantage before inflating the cushion to 14 points, 24-10, in the second quarter.

But Copperas Cove responded with a 13-1 outburst, culminating with Tyrese Cooley’s 3-pointer, and Shoemaker’s lead shrank to 29-25 by halftime.

With senior Neyland Block recording five of his team-high 15 points in the third quarter, the Bulldawgs outscored their opponents 16-9 in the period, and with 13 seconds remaining in regulation Block found teammate Tyrese Taylor for the game-tying basket to force overtime.

Taylor also accounted for Copperas Cove’s lone points in the opening overtime before fouling out.

Along with Block, who added six rebounds and four assists in the loss, Taylor had a 10-point, six-rebound outing, while Cooley and teammate Quinton Ford scored eight and seven points, respectively.

The Bulldawgs, who are last in the district standings, will attempt to turn their season around tonight, traveling to face Harker Heights before hosting Killeen and Belton in their next two games.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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