The Bangs Dragons recorded their second straight Underwood’s Christmas Classic victory as they knocked off the Palestine Westwood Panthers, 62-43, Tuesday afternoon.
Four Dragons finished in double figures, led by Marcus Smith’s 15 points. Matt Simons chipped in 13 points, while Issac Brown and Clay Brim contributed a dozen points each. Vincent Gonzales tallied five points, three points came from Braden Williams and Quenton Sprowls added a bucket to Bangs’ tally.
Trailing 17-16 with 3:26 left in the first half, the Dragons went on a 9-2 run to close the first half and grab a 25-19 advantage. Bangs then scored the first five points of the second half as part of a 13-2 surge that boosted the Dragons’ lead to 17 points, 38-21, at the 2:34 mark of the third period.
In the second quarter, a jumper from Gonzales staked Bangs to an 18-17 lead at the 2:36 mark and the Dragons did not trail again. Leading 20-19, Gonzales sank a three-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half, then Brim scored 17 seconds later to give Bangs its six-point halftime cushion.
The third period began with a traditional three-point play by Smith, then Brown recorded a steal and scored on a layup to increase Bangs’ lead to double figures, 30-19, just 31 seconds into the second half.
Westwood answered with its first points in a near two-minute span, only to see the Dragons reel off eight more unanswered points. A pair of free throws from Simons, followed by buckets from Sprowls, Smith and Brim extended Bangs’ cushion to 38-21.
Bangs carried a 42-26 lead into fourth quarter, where the advantage peaked at 21 points on three occasions. The final occurred with 2:11 left on a bucket by Smith.
Bangs 46, Snyder 45
Issac Brown’s buzzer beater lifted the Bangs Dragons to the Division II championship at the Underwood’s Christmas Classic following a 46-45 win over Snyder.
The bucket was the only points of the game for Brown, while Clay Brim led Bangs with 15 points and Matt Simons added 10. Also scoring for the Dragons were Marcus Smith with nine points, Braden Williams with seven and D.J Rios with with three points.
Bangs trailed 13-12 after one quarter, 20-19 at halftime and 32-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Dragons (14-4) will open their District 8-2A campaign Saturday when they host Comanche at 4 p.m.