COPPERAS COVE — Cory Scott was not impressed.
Despite earning a 70-61 victory against Pflugerville in his team’s home opener, Copperas Cove’s starting guard thought the Bulldawgs’ win should have been more convincing.
“Honestly, tonight, I feel we should have beat this team by at least 40 points,” Scott said. “We had a lot of mistakes, and there is still a lot of stuff we need to work on, but we are going to get it straight by district.”
Regardless of margin of victory, the Bulldawgs improved to 6-1 Tuesday behind a game-high 25 points from Scott, while teammate Rashard Odomes added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Although Scott felt unsatisfied after the win, Cove coach Billy White Jr. believes close contests are exactly what the Bulldawgs need at this point in the season.
“I want to see these kids play in those types of ballgames,” he said. “If we are just going to be in games where we blow people out, that’s not really going to help us a lot for our District 8-5A race because a lot of those games aren’t going to be (blowouts).”
Down the stretch, the Bulldawgs made shots and free throws when needed. Copperas Cove scored nine of its final 15 points at the line and used a 5-2 run to clinch the win after the Panthers pulled within six points at 65-59 with less than two minutes remaining.
The Bulldawgs posted the first eight points of the game before extending their advantage to 18-5 late in the first quarter, but Pflugerville outscored Copperas Cove 26-18 in the second quarter and trailed by three points, 36-33, at halftime.
Pflugerville (1-2) tied the game 41-41 in the third quarter, but Scott’s 3-pointer put the Bulldawgs ahead 45-41 and the Panthers never got closer than four points for the remainder of the game. Scott scored eight points in the third quarter on 3-of-3 shooting and made eight of 15 field goals, including four of five 3-point attempts, in the game, but recorded only two points — both free throws — in the fourth quarter.
“I was scoring really great in the first half, but then we started running a little bit and my gameplan had to change,” Scott said. “I had to slow it down a little bit, and we just rocked the game out for a victory.”