Once they turned up the defensive pressure, the Harlem boys basketball team turned the game around.
Trailing Taliaferro County 13-10 with 2:41 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs created four Jaguars turnovers on four consecutive possessions, converting them into a 20-13 lead. That was the beginning of a 21-0 run that extended into the second quarter, leading to a 91-57 win.
In the night’s first contest, the Lady Bulldogs got the best of the Lady Jaguars, winning 47-35.
Harlem head coach Kim Chambers called controlling the Jaguars’ Kendarius Ruff the key to the game. The Bulldogs made their intial push after Ruff sat down with two fouls in the first quarter. They talked about getting him in further foul trouble at halftime after he scored 10 of his game-high 24 points in the second quarter.
“That was really the key, he picked up that fourth foul ... and we kind of blew it open right there,” said Chambers.
The Harlem boys improved to 5-6. Chris Harris paced the Bulldogs with 14 points. Dakota Madigan and Austin Hubert had 13 each.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-8) used a 23-4 run to take control by the middle of the second quarter.
Harlem’s Madison Williamson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Diamond Chaneyfield pulled down 16 boards with six points. Olivia Fitzgerald also finished in double figures with 12 points.
“Anytime you win the rebounding battle, it opens everything,” said Lady Bulldogs head coach Anthony Sweat. “Our transition game looked great in the first half.”