After earning their second bi-district championship trophy in as many seasons Wednesday night, the Brownwood Lions quickly turned their attention to tonight’s area round playoff game against the No. 14 Seminole Indians.
The Lions (13-14) — winners of 10 of their last 13 games — will face Seminole (26-5) — which has reeled off 16 consecutive wins — at 7 p.m. at Merkel High School.
Brownwood is coming off a 58-57 victory over Levelland in which Marqous Barnes scored the game-winning bucket following a missed free throw with 33 seconds left.
Graylon Brown led Brownwood with 20 points against Levelland and has averaged 22 points over the last three games. Greg Jefferson is averaging 15 points per game over the last three outings, while Barnes has poured in 10 points a game and Derek Longoria has chipped in six points per contest during that same span.
Seminole, meanwhile, has not lost a game this calendar year and has outscored its opponents an average of 66-46 during its streak. The Indians have not surrendered more than 57 points per game in that span, and in six of the last seven games Seminole has held its foes under 50 points.
The most lopsided victory for the Indians during their win streak was an 86-29 decision over District 2-3A member Snyder on Jan. 5. The Lions rallied in the final minute to beat Snyder, 55-53, in the district finale after claiming a 73-54 win over the Tigers in their first district meeting.
Seminole’s 13-player roster consists of 10 seniors, much like Brownwood’s playoff team from a season ago. Senior 6-4 forward D’kota Dixon leads Seminole with a 14-point per game average, while sophomore 5-8 guard Jarod Adams (12 ppg) and senior 5-8 guard Blaine Davis (11 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring.
“Seminole is tall, long but not real heavy,” said Lions head coach Charles Pattillo following the Levelland game. “I may eat my words later but I don’t think they have shooters as good as Levelland. They have some weapons, play good defense, and a lot of tall guys that block a lot of shots. We’re going to have to be real determined to score on them.”
Tonight’s winner will face either third-ranked Lubbock Estacado or Midland Greenwood in the regional quarterfinals next week.