Ryan Abbott and Brandon Dewalt combined for 33 points Tuesday and the New Waverly Bulldogs rolled to a 76-30 nondistrict victory at Grapeland.

After building a 42-22 halftime lead, New Waverly (7-3) turned up the defensive intensity and held the Sandies to eight points in the second half. Bulldogs coach Bill Goffney said it was nice to see his players get after it on the defensive end of the floor.

“I challenged them at halftime to hold them to as few points as we could,” Goffney said. “I want them to take a little pride in what they’re doing defensively, so we raised the bar a little bit. We looked pretty good in the second half. Sometimes it looked like we had six people out there — we were everywhere.”

In addition to Abbott’s 17 points and Dewalt’s 16, the Dogs got 10 points from Erik Luke, nine from Jarvice Sykes, eight from Brandon O’Bryant and four from Joseph Carrington. Four New Waverly players added two points each.

“We were real unselfish with the ball tonight,” Goffney said. “Ryan had a big game. He found a rhythm early and that was good because he had been in a little slump. It was good for him to get out there and find his shot because I’m going to count on him this season.”

On Friday, the Dogs return home to play Huffman. The junior varsity game is scheduled to tip off at 5 p.m., and the varsity game starts at 6:30.