Brownwood improves to 8-4 with win in consolation final

tests at the Hamilton tournament, the Brownwood Lions rebounded with their second victory over Eastland in less than a week, 52-33, in Saturday’s consolation championship game.

“At times we played really well, but the unforced turnovers are going to have to stop,” Lions head coach Nadir Dalleh said in regard to his team’s performance during the tournament. “It’s costing us games and slowing us down from preparing for district.”

The Lions, who knocked off Eastland, 65-44, on Tuesday, won by an almost identical margin in Saturday’s rematch.

Brownwood led 17-11 after one quarter, 32-17 at halftime and 46-26 through three periods.

A.J. McCarty and Sean Yoder paced the Lions with eight points each followed by Zach Strong with seven, Jaten Reeves with five, Gavon Clemons, Gavin Jefferson and Isyah Campos with four each, Tommy Bowden and Kirk Vickers with three apiece and Blake Bronniman, Blaize Infinger, and all-tournament team member Xavier Porter with two points each.

In Friday action, the Lions dropped their second contest to the Lampasas Badgers this season, 66-54. Brownwood also fell to Lampasas, 62-45, in the Nov. 20 home opener.

In Friday’s rematch, the Lions trailed 21-11 after one quarter but rallied to grab a 36-35 halftime lead. Lampasas regained control in the third period and carried a 56-46 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Strong scored 16 points to pace the Lions’ effort followed by 11 from Porter, seven from Yoder, six from McCarty, four each from Campos and Clemons, and three points from Bronniman.

Brownwood (8-4) is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as they host Colorado City.