Brownwood improves to 6-2 with victory

DUBLIN — The Brownwood Lions completed their weekend run at the Dublin tournament with a 69-68 triumph over Whitney Saturday afternoon, earning third place in the process.

“We played very well at times,” said Lions head coach Nadir Dalleh, whose team improved to 6-2 with Saturday’s victory. “We came from behind in one game, we had to hold on to the lead in two games and we learned a hard lesson in another. It was a great tournament to prepare us for district.”

In the finale against Whitney, the Lions trailed 14-13 after one quarter and 34-32 at halftime, but grabbed a 53-43 lead through three quarters, then had to hold on down the stretch.

Xavier Porter scored 17 points to spark the Brownwood effort trailed by 14 points from A.J. McCarty, 13 from Zach Strong, 12 from Sean Yoder, six from Blake Bronniman, three from Ryan Riker, two from Gavin Jefferson and one point apiece from Gavon Clemons and Blaize Infinger.

On Friday, the Lions began the day with a 57-49 victory over Clifton.

Brownwood led 16-9 after one quarter, 33-25 at halftime and 40-31 through three frames.

Porter again led the Lions with 13 points followed by McCarty with 11, Bronniman with 10, Clemons with eight, Strong with six, Infinger with four, Jaten Reeves with three and Yoder with two points. Brownwood sank six three-pointers and drained 14 of 19 free throws.

The Lions were kept out of the championship game due to a 54-37 loss to Cisco Friday night.

Brownwood trailed 17-14 after one quarter, 32-22 at halftime and 44-29 heading into the final period.

McCarty was the lone Lion in double figures with 13 points trailed by Jefferson with six, Porter and Strong with four each, Bronniman and Tommy Bowden with three apiece and Yoder and Riker with two points each.

The Lions will venture to Eastland for a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday contest, then take part in the Hamilton tournament Thursday through Saturday.