The Jay Royals proved to be too much for the Freeport Bulldogs as they handed them a 49-37 loss Friday night in Freeport.
Jay outscored Freeport in three out of four quarters.
In the first quarter, Freeport struck first on a 3-pointer from Ryder Newman. But then the Bulldogs went cold and Jay heated up the nets with 10 consecutive points. Marshall Thomas and Tate Upton each scored a basket before Eric Trevino swished a pair of 3-pointers. Freeport's Dustin Wooten hit a 3-pointer of his own and Caleb King put a rebound back for two points. Jay finished up the quarter with two free throws.
Jay doubled up on Freeport in the second quarter, putting 10 points on the board to their five for a 22-13 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs had their best quarter of the game in the third. Freeport came out and put seven points on the board quick to close it down to a two-point game. Newman hit a 3-pointer, and Cody Yelvington hit a layup and two free throws for a 22-20 game. The two teams swapped baskets and then Jay made a little run.
In the last two minutes of the third, Freeport made another run with King putting back a rebound, Newman sinking two free throws, Dustin Wooten hitting a shot from the field and then Yelvington sinking a 3-pointer to come within one-point of the Royals. Jay finished the quarter with a 3-pointer and a free throw from Trevino.
In the final quarter, Jay buried Freeport putting up 10 points before the Bulldogs could get a shot to fall. Freeport scored three points in the last minute-and-a-half.
"We came out and played well in the third, but then we hit a dry spell," said Freeport Coach David Burke. "We had too many missed layups and free throws."
For the game, Freeport hit seven of 14 free throws, and Jay hit five of 11.
Newman was top Dog with 10 points. King scored eight while Wooten and Yelvington each scored seven.
Trevino led the Royals with 20 points.
Up next for Freeport is a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday in Ponce de Leon.