BRECKENRIDGE — The Brownwood Lions capped an undefeated run during the Breckenridge tournament with two more victories Wednesday — including handing undefeated Coleman its first loss of the season.
First, the Lions witnessed a 14-point lead through three quarters evaporate, but managed to hold on for a 55-53 victory over Jacksboro. Later, behind 20 of 24 shooting at the free throw line, the Lions downed Coleman, 69-59.
“When you come into a tournament after a long break, especially 10 days off, you never really know how the kids are going to react,” said Lions head coach Grant Freeman. “Playing a Coleman team that's undefeated and coming out with that type of win, the Brownwood Lions are playing some good basketball right now and I'm really pleased with these kids.”
The Lions trailed Coleman 19-13 after one quarter, but jumped in front 36-31 at halftime and took a 52-43 edge into the fourth period.
Cory Richardson scored a career-high 30 points, converting 12 of 14 free throws and burying a pair of three-pointers. Crystan Wright and Blaine Hughes contributed eight points apiece, trailed by six each from Omar Garcia and D'Avion Wasson, five from Wyatt Burleson, and two points each from Eric Burns, McLane Moore and Hayden Day with two apiece.
Against Jacksboro, the Lions grabbed a 13-11 lead after one quarter, which grew to 27-19 by halftime. Brownwood stretched its advantage to 48-34 through three periods, then held off a feverish late charge by Jacksboro.
“It's always interesting when you play at 9:30 in the morning, but the kids came out and played well,” Freeman said. “We have to get better at finishing games, but hats off to the kids for competing.”
Moore's 14 points served as a team-high for the Lions while Hughes and Richardson each contributed 11 points. Arias Duffie chipped in nine points followed by Wasson with five and Burns and Day with two points apiece.
The Lions (9-4) will venture to Brady at 4 p.m. Friday seeking their fourth straight victory.
“We've still played more games than we've had practices and I know that sounds crazy heading into January,” Freeman said. “We're about to get into a groove and get into a routine next week. I'm looking forward to getting on the floor with them and fine tuning some stuff.”