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Dawgs ground Cardinals in double OT


Dalton’s Adam Bidlack goes up for a shot against Smithville. Bidlack scored 10 points in the win.

Dalton’s Jalen Wenger led his team with 27 points in a victory over Smithville.

By Ariel Stahler

Gazette & News sports writer

It was a thrilling start to the week for Dalton High School’s boys varsity basketball team when they took down Sandy Valley in double overtime. They then went on to stop Smithville later in the week, thanks, in part, to a huge game from Jalen Wenger. The Dawgs are now 9-4 overall and 4-3 in WCAL action.

Dalton outscored Sandy Valley 15-12 in the fourth quarter of their home game on Jan. 7 to push it to overtime. Both teams scored five points to end the extra time knotted up at 55-all. In double overtime, the Dawgs pulled ahead for the 66-62 victory.

Wenger led his team with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. Adam Bidlack contributed 17 points and three assists. Joey Dalessandro scored 11 points. Chance Green netted eight points. Jaiden Malone totaled six points and three assists. Liam Riggenbach had six rebounds and two points. Tyler Baer and Owen Beatty combined for three points.

Wenger played a key role in the Dawgs’ 60-45 victory over host Smithville on Jan. 10. He finished with 27 points and six rebounds. Bidlack added 10 points in the win. Malone finished with seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Dalessandro had six points and five boards. Baer and Ezra Miller both scored five points.

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