Bradford drops season opener to Legacy Christian

It’s unfortunate to come out and lose the first time – it’s unfortunate to lose any game but at the same time there is always things you can build on ... Coach Alex Swabb

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Hudson Hill drills a 3-pointer to lead all scorers with a game high 16 points in season opener vs Legacy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

BRADFORD – The Bradford Railroaders dropped its season opener to the visiting Legacy Christian Academy Knights 50-46 in non-conference action.

Bradford’s Zage Harleman gets a stick-back in Railroaders home opener with Legacy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“It’s unfortunate to come out and lose the first time – it’s unfortunate to lose any game but at the same time there is always things you can build on,” said Bradford co-head coach Alex Swabb. “There’s plenty of positives to take away, even the negatives that we did have it only highlights things that we can fix going forward.”

Landon Wills scored for Bradford in home game with Legacy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Knights jumped out to a 12-6 lead at 1:56 in the opening period before Bradford went on a 7-0 run to lead 13-12 with 7:35 on the second quarter clock.

The teams battled to a 19-19 tie at 3:35 in the second only to have Legacy Christian use a 7-0 scoring run to lead 26-19 at 1:24 in second quarter play before the teams would settle on a 28-22 Legacy halftime lead.

Owen Canan puts up a shot for Bradford in non-conference matchup with Legacy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The visiting Knights extended its lead to double digits at 7:14 in the third with a 33-22 advantage before Bradford took advantage of a 15-4 run to lead 39-37 with 0:25 on the third quarter board and the teams going to the final quarter of play with Legacy Christian holding a slim 40-39 advantage.

Dalton Branson goes to the bucket for the Railroaders in season opener with Legacy Christian. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Railroaders scored first in the final period to lead 41-40 as the teams battled for leads but it was the Xenia school pulling out the 50-46 win taking the final period 10-7.

“It’s great to play in a game with that atmosphere and that end of game crunch time situations because there are first game jitters and there’s jitters when it comes to crunch time,” Swabb stated. “We got to make a bucket, we got to make a play and yes it’s unfortunate that we didn’t come out on the right end of tonight but at the same time there’s so many things that we can build on now going forward.”

Hudson Hill led Bradford and all scorers with a game high 16 points.

BOXSCORE:

LEGACY CHRISTIAN 50, BRADFORD 46

LEGACY CHRISTIAN – B. Schwartzkopf 15, P. Burke, J. Thompson 10, T. Michael 4, J. Graves 3, M. Little 3, D. Cancino 2 – TOTALS 13 6-10 6 50

BRADFORD – H. Hill 16, L. Wills 8, A. Harleman 7, D. Branson 7, O. Canan 5, F. Trevino 3 – TOTALS 12 4-7 6 46

3-POINTERS

Legacy Christian 6 (B. Schwartzkopf 4, J. Graves 1, M. Little 1)

Bradford 6 (H. Hill 3, O. Canan 1, D. Branson 1, G. Trevino 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

12-16-12-10 50 Legacy Christian

11-11-17-07 46 Bradford