HYATTSVILLE — In its second game of the Capitol Hoops Summer League at DeMatha, the Bullis Bulldogs offense got off to a sluggish start. However, the Bullis offense finally clicked midway through the first half, and dominated the Good Counsel Falcons for the rest of the game, winning 73-52.
Good Counsel took a six-point lead, 19-13, early in the game, as they had a hot start offensively, while Bullis had a more difficult time finding open shots.
Nendah Tarke, the new leader for the Bulldogs, didn’t start the game, but when he checked in, Bullis got rolling.
Behind Tarke and Kolin Lewis, Bullis closed the gap, and took a 28-27 lead late in the first half, their first lead of the game.
It was a lead Bullis would not relinquish.
At halftime, Bullis led 33-27, and went on to dominate in the second half. Bullis outscored Good Counsel 40-25 in the second half of the game, ultimately winning 73-52.
Bullis lost its leading scorer, and one of the top players in Montgomery County when Vado Morse graduated this year. In addition, Bullis also lost starting guard Lincoln Yeutter. Nendah Tarke was often the third option behind Morse and Yeutter during the 2017-18 season, though he now takes on a lead role.
“I put that upon myself honestly,” Tarke said of his new role. “I’m a senior now, I’m just trying to get other guys involved; lead by example the best I can…Hopefully if I lead by example everyone else will follow.”
Tarke is an athletic scorer, who contributes on both ends of the floor, and is a strong rebounder. He finished the game with 18 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Lewis will also step into a starting role this year, after serving as one of Bullis’ top bench players last year, in addition to getting a few starts. He scored 13 points with three rebounds, in addition to a block and a steal in the win.
Bullis has strong depth on this year’s team, with all but one player scoring in this game. Bullis doesn’t have as much shooting as it had a year ago with Morse. Now, Cole Hanin will be the sharpshooter for the Bulldogs. Rodney Rice was an impressive newcomer (eight points), and Jesiah Matthews, Malcolm Alexander, CJ Amsellem, Erik Reynolds as well as Tarke, Hanin and Lewis are all returning players with experience from a year ago. Tarke and Amsellem were both constant figures in the starting lineup last year.
“Guys are getting better and better every day,” Tarke said.
Antoine Jacks led Good Counsel with 10 points, and Bryce Walker had strong contributions with six points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
Bullis improved to 2-0 with the win, while Good Counsel dropped to 2-2.