The Brownwood Lions faced the San Angelo Lake View Chiefs for the second time in Tuesday’s home opener at Warren Gym, and while the final margin was closer, head coach Charles Pattillo’s troops again came up on the short end of a 61-49 decision.
The Lions slipped to 3-7 with the loss and will host Abilene Cooper at 6 p.m. Friday as they search for their initial home victory.
“Part of our problem is we’re not coming along very well,” Pattillo said. “Some of them just got out of football and we’re trying to be patient. We’re in decent shape already, but we still have a lot of work to do on our execution.”
Plagued by a 9:05 spurt without a field goal over the first and second quarters, the Lions witnessed a three-point gap turn into an 11-point advantage for Lake View (9-3).
Greg Jefferson poured in 22 points for the Lions, while Marquos Barnes added 11 points. The rest of the Lions managed to score just 16 points, however. Michael Ballejo contributed eight points, while Derek Longoria and Chris Cotton scored four apiece.
“We haven’t had more than one day to work out in a row, and it’d be nice to get two days in a row,” Pattillo said. “We need to work on our offense. We’re really struggling on offense. I know they’re getting frustrated with it and so am I.”
Lake View, meanwhile, was led by 24 points from Rigo Muro and 19 from Matt Hummingbird. Roy Garcia also chipped in eight points.
Jefferson scored eight of the Lions’ 10 first-quarter points as Brownwood trailed 14-10 after one period. Jefferson nailed a jumper with 3:14 left in the opening quarter to trim the deficit to 12-9, but the Lions did not make another shot from the field until the 2:09 juncture of the second period.
“We started off real hot and Greg Jefferson scored about nine or 10 points,” Pattillo said. “We went real cold in the second quarter and quit trying to attack the basket. We have to take advantage of the chances we get and we’re not doing that.”
Brownwood was outscored 13-4 during the near 10-minute field goal drought, with the Lion only points during that span coming on free throws from Jefferson and Barnes.
The Lions trailed 33-19 at halftime and were down 39-24 with 5:18 left in the third period following a three-pointer by Muro, but answered with a six-point spurt to trim the deficit to 39-30 with 3:51 left in the quarter.
Jefferson started the Brownwood run with two free throws, then Barnes and Cotton recorded buckets.
“We were attacking the basket and passing the ball to the inside,” Pattillo said. “Late in the game we also attacked the basket well and scored. We just have to do that more.”
Lake View regrouped to take a 43-30 lead into the fourth quarter, however, and the Lions got no closer than 52-42 on a driving layup by Jefferson with just over three minutes remaining.