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Athens High School sophomore center Justin Hynes (#32) goes up for a shot during the Bulldog's game against Wellston on Friday, February 3.

Athens Basketball: Bulldogs win behind Dickelman's big night

Robert Dickelman dribbled into the lane, spun and scored.

That layup was two of his 14 points of the night, which tied for the team lead in Athens' 74-49 win over Bishop Watterson.

Friday night, the team was missing the inside presence that Dickelman provides. Twelve of his 14 points came at the low post.

“Without him, we’re not as good,” coach Mickey Mozart said. “We needed him here tonight, and he made a lot of difference.”

The physical presence that Dickelman provides on the defensive end may not always show up on the stat sheet, but his team can feel it.

“Robert is an animal,” Cozart said. “He’s a tough kid and brings a lot of energy to this team.”

Even though Dickelman just returned from sickness, Cozart said he didn’t try to limit his minutes.

“We have 10 guys that can play,” Cozart said. “We try and get them in there.”

One of those coming off the bench was Logan Maxfield. He also had 14 points.

Cozart said on Friday night the goal for the Bulldogs is to win the rest of their games. On Saturday, he repeated himself with a smile.

If they can accomplish that goal, the Bulldogs will still have a chance to win the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio division, being only one game behind leader Vinton County.


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