Football season may be in full swing, but the Brownwood Lions basketball team has locked up one of the most significant pre-district games in the program's history.
Head coach Nadir Dalleh announced Monday afternoon that the Lions will battle the Class 5A Georgetown Eagles at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio — home of the San Antonio Spurs, who will host the Los Angeles Lakers at the same venue later that night.
“My college teammate from Howard Payne, David Canfield, is the head basketball coach at Georgetown and he called me up and asked if we wanted to play there,” Dalleh said. “Before he finished talking I answered yes, but then I realized I better go through the right channels, then everything was good to go.”
The Lions are coming off their first district championship since 1991 with a 22-11 overall record, their second straight 20-win campaign, and their first postseason victory since 2012. Brownwood also reeled off a 14-game win streak during the regular season.
As for the chance to play in NBA arena prior to an NBA contest, Dalleh said, “This is an unbelievable opportunity for our kids. I believe many NBA teams host games during the day before their games. It connects their organization with communities throughout Texas and gives kids the opportunity to play in a place that they will probably never be able to play in again.
“We have been pretty successful the last couple of years and will return a lot of players from last year's team and with the younger teams being successful as well, I hope the propels our kids' confidence into the rest of the season. There aren’t many opportunities to be able to play before two of the best teams in the NBA or especially the best player in the world in LeBron James.”