Melbourne Bearkatz lose a heartbreaker Thursday night

Report by Blake Smith

The Melbourne Bearkatz lost a heartbreaker in their first regional tournament appearance in five years Thursday night against the Earle Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs got off to a quick start, opening the night on a 9-1 run, but the Katz proved resilient yet again, fighting back to trim the deficit to 13-11 after one quarter.

The second quarter proved an offensive explosion for Melbourne, outscoring Earle 14-7 in the period, led by Layton Hennings with seven in the frame; the Katz took a 25-20 lead into the halftime break.

The third quarter was back and forth, and Earle cut the Katz’s lead to 38-35 entering the final period of play.

A couple of costly turnovers and defensive possessions allowed the Bulldogs to claw back for a 50-46 victory.

Layton Hennings led the way for Melbourne with 25 points, Roby Cooper added 10. The Bearkatz finish their season at 18-11, a nine-win improvement upon last year’s record.

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