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Bulldogs play final home game tonight against Oran

Wednesday, February 19, 2003

SIKESTON - The Sikeston Bulldogs basketball team will play its final home game of the season tonight at the Field House when they host Oran on Senior Night.

The contest is a makeup game from last Tuesday when it was postponed.

Junior varsity action is set for 6 p.m.

For five Bulldog seniors, it will be their last opportunity to play basketball in front of the home fans.

Lavar Morgan, Lawrence Davis, Michael Colon, Lontas McClinton and Ben Anderson will try to end their last home game on a high note with a victory against Oran.

"We have five seniors who at times have played varsity basketball for three years," said Sikeston head coach Gregg Holifield. "They've really been a big part of our program. They've come in every day to work. They aren't problems, they just show up every day and work hard. The thing we're striving for is for these five seniors to have an opportunity to possibly win a district tournament. We're just going to have to continue to work and get better every day."

The Bulldogs have fared well at home this year, with seven of the team's 10 wins coming at the Field House.

With the Senior Night festivities planned, Holifield hopes it won't be a distraction.

"I know it's going to be an emotional night for those guys," he said. "I hope we have a good crowd, I know it's a makeup game. These guys have really battled hard for three years at the varsity level. I'm really looking forward to playing the game. These guys have worked really hard to be good players."

Oran brings a team that, at times, has been one of the top ranked Class 1 squads in the state.

The Eagles (17-5) haven't defeated the Bulldogs in the teams' four meetings, but Holifield is still leery.

"I've scouted them a couple three times," said Holifield. "I saw them beat Cape Central and I think they have an outstanding team. They're well-coached, they're very disciplined. I've been very impressed with them each time I've seen them play."