The Brownwood Lions withstood one body blow from the Class 2A No. 4 Jim Ned Indians Tuesday night at Warren Gym, but could not recover from a second-half hay maker.
The Lions (1-3) came up on the short end of a 72-51 decision as Brownwood reduced a 17-point deficit to four points just prior to the conclusion of the first half. Jim Ned, however, outscored the Lions 24-5 during the third period to turn a six-point halftime edge into a comfortable 25-point cushion heading into the final eight-minute stanza.
“We were a little short-handed tonight and I knew that Jim Ned was a good ball club coming in,” said Lions head coach Josh Alcorn. “They definitely proved that tonight.”
Bryant McDaniel recorded 21 points for the Lions trailed by 15 from Andre Allen, nine from Bryan Johnson, four from Bryce Vickers and one point apiece from Bryce Sawyer and Kye Healer.
With 7:14 left in the first period, the Lions owned a 7-3 lead, though Jim Ned rallied to claim a 14-10 advantage after one quarter.
Down just 18-14 with 4:57 remaining in the first half, the Lions fell victim to 13 consecutive Jim Ned points as Brownwood was suddenly down 31-14 with 3:01 left in the half.
But the Lions fired back with 13 straight points of their own, highlighted by a string of three consecutive treys — two by McDaniel and one from Allen — to close to within 31-27 with 33 seconds left in the first half.
“We stayed with them early and they made a little run, but I was proud of our kids because they responded,” Alcorn said. “They came back and fought through a little bit of adversity to cut it to four before halftime.”
A five-point third period, coupled with hot shooting by Jim Ned, allowed the Indians to distance themselves in the second half.