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Bears beat Russellville in season opener, 70-59

MORGANTOWN – Determined Butler County beat visiting Russellville 70-59 in a boys' high school basketball season opener on Tuesday, Nov. 30. 

The Bears separated themselves from the Panthers in the first half. Butler County, under the direction of head coach Calvin Dockery, led 39-23 at halftime. 

Remaining in control after the intermission period, Butler County led 51-37 at the conclusion of the third quarter.

The Bears shot 49.1 percent (26-of-53) from the field in the winning effort. Host Butler County shot 40 percent (8-of-20) from three-point range.

Connecting on over half of its foul shots, Butler County shot 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from the free throw line. 

Jagger Henderson scored 21 points to lead Butler County to the win. 

Finishing directly behind Henderson in scoring for the Bears, Isaac Dockery netted 20 points.

Accompanying Henderson and Dockery in double figures for the Bears, Brody Hunt added 16 points.

The additional scorers for Butler County in the victory included Lawson Rice (eight points), Luke Laughing (two points), Solomon Flener (two points) and Zack Phelps (one point).

Rice and Flener paced Butler County inside, claiming seven rebounds apiece.

Butler County is scheduled to visit Bethlehem on Saturday, Dec. 4. Tip-off for the Butler County-Bethlehem boys' basketball game is set for 2:30 p.m.



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