FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs picked up a road win at Farmington on Tuesday night with a 76-65 victory.
The Bulldogs trailed only in the early going and managed to maintain the the lead the entire night.
Sikeston (4-2) led 19-16 after one quarter and extended the lead to 37-30 by halftime.
The Bulldogs put the game away in the third quarter, taking a 59-44 lead into the final frame where they extended it to a 67-46 advantage.
The Knights (1-3) fought hard to the final buzzer and kept the score respectable as they finished the game with eight straight points.
"Any time you can go to Farmington and get a win it's a good win," said Sikeston coach Gregg Holifield. "They're a competitive team and they play extremely hard. They normally play real well at home, so it's a nice win for us."
The Bulldogs did have some problems keeping some of the starters in the game as they racked up foul problems.
It proved to a a chance for some of the reserves to shine.
Junior Matt Ritch came off the bench and scored a season-high 16 points. Late in the third quarter, Ritch canned back-to-back 3-pointers to help extend the Bulldog lead to 59-42.
"We got into some foul problems, but our entire bench played well and did a good job -- they really picked us up tonight," said Holifield. "Matt played well again tonight. He's so heady and he does a great job of running our offense. He's really playing well right now."
In the second quarter, Farmington tied the game at 23-23 on a Deon Glaspy 3-pointer, but Sikeston responded with a run to close the half.
Ritch hit a 3-pointer to get the Bulldogs started and Michael Porter finished it with a one-handed slam dunk right on top of a Farmington player as Sikeston took a seven-point lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, Sikeston continued to extend the lead as Porter went to work in the paint and Julian Beard got loose for his own slam dunk.
Beard finished with a game-high 21 points with three assists and three steals.
"Basically their skills took over," said Farmington head coach Joe Arnold. "I think we probably played harder than they did. Our kids were hustling and fighting and doing everything they could do, but we just don't have the skills that Sikeston has. They have the outside shooting and the post play inside. We've got kids that can do the same, but Sikeston seems to have more of it."
After taking a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs continued the air show as Beard found Porter for an alley-oop jam to give Sikeston it's biggest lead of the night at 67-46. It proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the Knights as couldn't overcome the deficit.
Porter finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots before fouling out.
Ray Rodgers, battling fouls from the start, still cracked double figures with 11 points and six rebounds.
Junior Brandon Washington had a strong game of the bench with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and a blocked shot.
"It's hard to contain that many different players," said Arnold. "They're a team that has a bunch of weapons and they're very well-coached. They play hard and I wish them all the best. They might make a run all the way, but hopefully we can get in their way in February."
The Sikeston J.V. team fell to 3-3 on the season with a 62-53 loss to Farmington as the Knights avenged a setback to the Bulldogs back in the Notre Dame Junior Varsity Tournament.
Sikeston led 14-13 after one quarter and 28-25 at halftime but couldn't hold on.
Sikeston was led by Juqualin Wiggins' 17 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Sherwin Jones added 10 points.