The Howe Bulldogs traveled to Ponder over the Nov. 16 weekend to compete in tournament play, and the Bulldog got off to a disappointing start, losing to Decatur, 76-36

The Bulldogs were on target in the first quarter as Griffin Underwood sent in a corner three and Brice Harvey added two buckets from inside the paint in the early going.

With Howe leading 11-3, Decatur went on a scoring run on the play of Philip and Paul Walker. However, a late basket by John Jacob Talley made it a 14-14 game at the end of the first period.

Since you have already seen the ending of this 40-point vampire movie, you don’t really want the details.

The Bulldogs were having trouble playing screen-and- roll defense and those Walker boys were lighting it up. Howe scored just four points in the second quarter, a basket by Nick Wilson and free throws by Michael Kehrer and Talley as the Eagles soared to a 31-18 lead at the break.

Harvey, who led Howe in scoring with 10 points, had a pair of buckets in the third period, while Underwood and Kehrer each added baskets, but nothing was stopping Decatur.

One of the highlights of the second half was a play by Kehrer late in the game. With Decatur up 71-34, Paul Walker got a steal at mid-court and took off for the basket. Kehrer came in from the side and blocked Walker’s shot, a play made when he could have just mailed it in.

Paul Walker finished with 18 points and Phillip added 13 and from this Decatur native, they may not be related but after checking out their hoops skills… I’m just sayin’

The remainder of the Ponder tournament was played against tough, private school teams from Ft Worth. The Bulldogs went 0-4 against that talent.

Brice Harvey had an outstanding tournament for Howe, scoring 75 points in the five games. In the final contest against Ft Worth Christian School, Harvey had 20 points and 16 rebounds, his third double-double of the event.

John Jacob Talley tallied (!) 55 points in the tournament.

Howe coach Tim Rose spoke to the Leader about the quality of the competition at the Ponder tourney.

"We saw team’s that were as good as we will see all year," he said. "I was really impressed with the play of Brice Harvey. He’s head and shoulders above last season."

Howe will have some time to make adjustments as it does not play again until Nov. 26, hosting Aubrey.