BANGS — The Brownwood Lions rebounded from an ugly weekend loss with a 48-31 victory over the Bangs Dragons Tuesday night, who were suiting up for just the second time this season.
Brownwood (1-2) received a boost by football additions, while Bangs (0-2) is still waiting for its football players to join.
“It’s huge to get some guys back,” said Lions head coach Josh Alcorn, whose team was coming off an 88-18 loss to Class 3A No. 17 Waco Connally. “It’s only three guys, but it changed the mentality of the team. They played hard, gave good effort and it’s good to know there are some guys on the bench.”
The Lions led 23-18 at halftime, but Bangs scored the first seven points of the second half to grab a 25-23 advantage at the 2:18 mark of the third period.
Brownwood retaliated with 17 of the next 20 points to race out to a 40-28 lead with 3:44 remaining.
“We were executing well and getting our shots, they just wouldn’t fall,” Alcorn said. “We didn’t change much of what we were doing on offense, I just told them our shots would fall and they finally did.
“Defensively, we picked up our pressure and changed a few things and that led some buckets on the offensive end.”
Brownwood’s run began with eight straight points from Andrew Branham, who finished with 10.
“Andrew did a really good job for a big guy moving as well as he did, hitting open shots and getting rebounds,” Alcorn said.
Kye Healer led the Lions with 14 points followed by Branham’s 10, nine from Bryant McDaniel, six from Andre Allen, four from Bryce Vickers, two each from Tyler Jackson and Bryan Johnson and one point from Jeff Newton.
Bangs received 12 points from Dalton Johnson, nine from Kyle Locke and five each from Brayden James and Willie Calvin.
“We fought hard and played pretty decent in the first half,” said Bangs head coach Mark Kyle. “We just have to clean up a lot of things on offense and keep playing a little better than we have before each time.”