Bulletin Staff Report

MERKEL – No. 14 Seminole used a 26-6 second-quarter run to break open a 15-11 first quarter game, and raced away to an 89-53 win against the scrappy Brownwood Lions Friday night. The victory in this Region I-3A Area playoff sends the Indians into the regional quarterfinals next week against either Lubbock Estacado or Midland Greenwood.

Meanwhile, the young Lions (13-15) ended their season by playing Seminole even in the fourth quarter, as both teams went deep into their benches. Brownwood fell behind 41-17 at the half, and was outscored 23-12 in the third.

The Lions struggled to get rebounds against the taller Indians after scoring the game’s first points and playing to an early 7-7 tie. Turnovers were also a problem for Brownwood, especially during the decisive first half.

Brownwood was paced by Graylon Brown’s 12 points, Greg Jefferson’s 10, Marquos Barnes’ 8, Derek Longoria’s 7 and Michael Ballejo’s 6.

D’kota Dixon of Seminole (27-5) led all scorers with 20 for the Indians, followed by Jarod Adams with 17 and Scotty Flores with 15.

Despite trailing by 24 points after a first half that saw Seminole’s Dixon alone score one point more than the entire Lions team, Brownwood regrouped to hit five 3-pointers and score 24 fourth-quarter points.

Coach Charles Pattillo said even though the Lions made some mistakes against Seminole they had avoided in recent games, he was proud of how his team finished the season – getting better in every game after opening the year 3-11 and then earning the district’s second playoff seed going into the playoffs.