SAN ANTONIO — The Brownwood Lions built a halftime lead over the Class 5A Georgetown Eagles Monday afternoon at the AT&T Center in San Antonio — home of the NBA Spurs — but ran out of steam over the final two quarters and suffered their first loss of the year, 51-32.
“We've got to put two halves together,” said Lions fourth-year head coach Nadir Dalleh, whose team opened the season Saturday with a 60-56 win over Lampasas, a game in which Brownwood opened a 27-point first-half advantage then had to hold on at the end.
“They had some big bodies and they just wore us down and hammered on us a little bit,” Dalleh said of Georgetown, coached by fellow Howard Payne University graduate and former Yellow Jacket basketball standout David Canfield. “That's what got us, our rebounding and we had some stupid mistakes on turnovers and that will always cost you.”
The Lions (1-1) scored the first five points of the game, led 11-10 after one quarter and owned a 19-17 halftime advantage. Georgetown (1-3) took its first lead, 17-15, with just over a minute left in the half, but Josh Baucom's three-pointer pushed Brownwood back in front and he later added a free throw for the two-point edge at the break.
“The best thing is I got a lot of young guys some good playing time,” Dalleh said. “I looked out there once and we had three sophomores and a freshman on the floor, and that's always a positive to be able to have that out there. Getting them time is key, but we're also looking forward to what's coming in the next month or so with what we have coming from football. It's an exciting time and an exciting future as well.”
Georgetown scored the first six points of the second half to open a 23-19 advantage, but the Lions fought back with a three-pointer from Bryson Monroe and a free throw by Brandon Hamrick to knot the score at 23. Beau Bronniman followed with a trey of his own to cap a 7-0 spurt that gave the Lions a 26-23 lead.
The Eagles responded with a 10-0 run to close the quarter as Georgetown carried a 33-26 advantage into the the fourth period. There, Georgetown continued to pull away down the stretch for the 19-point margin of victory.
“We have a lot of guys that were playing in positions they won't be playing in before long,” Dalleh said. “But they stepped in and played some key minutes and it's always good to be able to have kids that can play several positions.”
For the second straight game, Hamrick led the Lions in scoring with 10 points followed by Baucom with seven, Bronniman and John Wilhelm with six points apiece and Monroe with three.
Georgetown received 11 points from Landry Woods, eight each from Dalton Kile and Joseph Woring, seven from Zach Champine, six from Chance Thiele, five from Aaron Bizzell, and two points apiece from Clay Thomas and Jace Knight.
As the for the experience of playing at the home of the San Antonio Spurs, Dalleh said, “It's a positive for these kids because some of these kids will never get this experience again. It's always good to get these kids into this type of environment, being where the Spurs play and being able to stick around and watch the Spurs play tonight. We're going to be able to go down and sit on the floor and watch them shoot around before everybody else gets to come in.”
The Lions will be back in action at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday as they visit the Bangs Dragons.