Warriors fall to Earle in regional semi-finals

Friday, March 2, 2018
Travis Joplin of EPC goes in for the score as two Earle players try to defend during 2A North regional action this past Friday in Marked Tree. (DT Photo/Anthony Cossey)

A day after clinching a spot in the Class 2A state basketball tournament, EPC (19-11) had to play a rejuvenated Earle team and were handed a 54-37 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs this past Friday in Marked Tree.

The Warriors jumped out to a 4-0 lead on back to back baskets from Travis Joplin and Dee Buchanan as Earle hit two free throws to make the score 4-2 EPC. Isaiah Taylor canned a three-pointer for the Warriors before the Bulldogs scored the next six points to go up 8-7 with 1:04 left. Buchanan scored inside for EPC as Earle got a basket in the paint to make the score 10-9 Bulldogs after one.

Earle opened the second quarter with a fast break layup and a three-ball before Taylor hit a jumper for EPC to make it 15-11 with 5:14 left. The Bulldogs made back to back baskets again and added two free throws to go up 21-11 as Taylor canned a three-ball for EPC to make the score 21-14 Earle at halftime.

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