At full strength for the first time this season, the Brownwood Lions flirted with the century mark in Tuesday night's 92-53 non-district home victory over Class 3A Dublin at Warren Gym.
“We were sloppy and had a lot of unforced, uncharacteristic turnovers that if we're in basketball shape we don't normally have, but that's expected,” said Lions head coach Nadir Dalleh. “Besides that, you get a big win like this and almost score 100 points with just one practice and you can't be too disappointed.”
The Lions (3-1) established a double-digit lead just 89 seconds into the game, tallied the first 13 points overall and led Dublin (1-3) by a 16-1 count before allowing the first field goal 4:39 into the contest.
“We outsized them a little bit and we hustled and they pressed,” Dalleh said. “They live and die by the press and if you beat the press you're going to have layup opportunities and that's what happened to start the game. They always have kids that play hard and shoot the ball well, but Zach Strong and Brandon Hamrick were too much inside. They're good weapons to have.”
Strong, the reigning District 7-4A MVP, led the Lions with 33 points in his first outing of the season, with a couple of dunks.
“You can't ask any more than that out of him,” Dalleh said of Strong. “He's a senior leader, he's been starting since he was a sophomore, and if we get 30 out of him every night we're going to be doing very well.”
Four Lions finished in double figures overall as John Wilhelm chipped in 13 points while A.J. McCarty and Drew Huff contributed 10 apiece. Also getting into the scoring act for Brownwood were Beau Bronniman with seven points, Hamrick with six, Cooper Swanzy and Josh Baucom with five apiece and Isyah Campos with three points.
For Dublin, Angel Ramirez led the way with 17 points and Daniel Escobar contributed 11.
Brownwood's 11-0 run out of the gate featured layups from Campos and McCarty, free throws from Strong, another bucket by McCarty, a deuce from Wilhelm and a dunk by Strong with 6:31 left in the opening stanza — and the Lions never looked back.
Brownwood led 25-10 after one quarter, 48-19 at halftime and 71-33 through three frames.
The Lions are back in action at the Dublin tournament Thursday through Saturday.
“We need to get in shape,” Dalleh said. “There's going to be a lot of games with very few practices. We'll practice tomorrow and then play four games in three days against some pretty tough competition over there. It's going to be a thing where we need to execute when we have the ball because we can't always rely on just athletic ability.”