BRIDGEPORT - As so often happens on Senior Night, someone other than one of those honored steals the show.
Behind Parker Dyson's triple-double, homestanding Bridgeport sent its four seniors out in style with a 72-46 rout of Bellaire on Frank Baxter Court inside the John J. Havlicek Gymnasium.
The Bulldogs' 6-foot-5 sophomore scored 22 points, yanked down 11 rebounds and swatted away 10 shots as the hosts ran away early and never looked back.
"It feels pretty good," Dyson said. "All of the hard work in practice paid off (Friday night).''
Bridgeport coach Donnie Cash praised the effort of his lanky southpaw. It was the first triple-double recorded by a Bulldogs player in Cash's tenure.
"He's played well the last two,'' Cash said.''We're hard on him in practice because we know of the potential he has. He showed what he can do. But he's young and he's got to realize that he can't settle for this. He has to continually get better every game."
After Kenny Hess gave Bellaire (3-16) a 1-0 lead 30 seconds into the contest, Bridgeport ran off the next 12 as Dyson and classmate QJ Williams evenly divided them. The duo would team for 14 in the quarter as the hosts led 17-7.
Williams, who finished with 21 points, netted eight in the second quarter, while Dyson contributed six as the margin grew to 36-19 at the half.
Nathan Steele kept the Big Reds in the game as he connected on a trio of 3s in the period.
Seniors Ryan Kreiter and Dallas Fields combined for 14 of Bridgeport's 24 third-quarter points to bump the count to 60-36 after three.
Steele drilled three more 3-pointers in the third quarter and added another in the fourth, along with a pair of conventional baskets to finish with a game-high 25 points.
Hess added 11 as the only other Bellaire player with more than three points.
"They played really well," Bellaire head coach J.R. Battista said of Bridgeport. "Their (2-3) zone gave us a lot of trouble, and they made their shots."
Indeed they did.
"We had a couple good days of practice this week," Cash added. "I liked how we shared the ball and everyone contributed. The one thing I've noticed the last few games is how we've limited our turnovers.
''That gives us more possessions on offense."
The Bulldogs connected on 30 of 55 attempts. Dyson (10-for-13) and Williams (10-for-11) led the way.
In addition to Dyson and Williams, Fields added nine and Kreiter eight.
Bridgeport held a slim, 40-36, edge off the glass behind Dyson's yeoman's effort. Williams snagged seven. Hess had seven and Steele six for Bellaire.
Bridgeport had 10 turnovers, nine less than Bellaire.