The Brownwood Lions reeled off their seventh consecutive victory heading into the Christmas break, and reached the 90-point plateau for the second time this season with Friday afternoon's 90-61 rout of the Burnet Bulldogs at Warren Gym.
“Our kids are playing well right now. We had a little bit of a bitter taste left from losing at their place last year right before Christmas,” Lions head coach Nadir Dalleh said in referencing last season's 60-56 defeat. “I think our kids wanted a little redemption for that. We just came out and got hot and continued to play well.”
A.J. McCarty had the hottest hand for the Lions (12-2) Friday afternoon, scoring 28 points. McCarty poured in 10 points in the second period alone and added nine more in the third.
“He's really coming on,” Dalleh said of McCarty. “This is our 14th game of the year and he's probably the fifth different leading scorer. That's a huge thing if we want . That's what we're doing and that's a good thing to have.”
Zach Strong and John Wilhelm also finished in doubles figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively, trailed by Beau Bronniman with nine, Isyah Campos and Brandon Hamrick with six apiece, Drew Huff and Cooper Swanzy with five each, Josh Baucom with three, Nathan Wheelington with two, and Asher Choate and Ethan Marmolejo both sank a free throw.
For Burnet, (6-9) Kam Ollison led the way with 16 points while Connor Lyle added 14 and Strat Roy contributed 11.
The Lions jumped out to a 17-2 lead just 3:49 into the contest and were never threatened. By the end of the first period Brownwood's advantage stood at 30-9 and the Lions owned a 55-22 lead at intermission. By the end of the third quarter, Brownwood's cushion had reached its max of 42 points, 76-34.
The Lions will attempt to extend their win streak next weekend as they host the TexasBank Holiday Classic Thursday through Saturday at the Brownwood Coliseum and Brownwood High School. A year ago, the Lions carried a 7-9 record into the Classic but found their rhythm during the event and finished the season with a 22-11 mark and district and bi-district titles.
Riding a positive wave this early in the season, Dalleh said, “I've had these seniors really for five years now and they know what I expect, they know what I want. It's a big plus because we haven't had that many practices but we've played a ton of games already. We've picked up right where we left off from last year, but the thing is we can't get complacent. We have to keep getting better.”