HOWE — The Bulldogs fell to district champion Commerce, 78-47, in their final District 10-3A match-up on Tuesday, Feb. 13.


Howe (13-11, 7-5) started the game off in a decent groove in the first quarter scoring 14 points, James Cowin put up eight points for the Bulldogs in the quarter. Unfortunately, Commerce managed to outpace the Bulldogs with an 18-point start and 12 of those points came from behind the three-point line. This allowed Commerce to take a marginal but important lead over the Bulldogs and swinging the momentum in their favor.


The Bulldogs were unable to keep up their first quarter pace in the second, only netting nine points. Commerce kept its foot on the gas with a 17-point quarter and the Tigers held a 35-23 advantage going into half-time.


In the third quarter Commerce put down the hammer with a 20-point gain while the Bulldogs were held to 10 points as the Tigers widen the lead, 55-33, going into the final quarter of the game. Sammy Brown had a breakout quarter for Commerce with a 12 points.


Howe turned up its game a bit in the fourth quarter netting another 14 points to wrap up their night, but with the momentum firmly on their side, Commerce still managed to rip off their best offensive quarter with 23 points, 18 points coming from behind the arc.


Cowin ended his night with 11 points while sinking three three-pointers.


Howe finished third in the district standings and will face off against 9-3A runner-up Pottsboro in a Region II bi-district playoff contest next week.