They knew the Ballinger Bearcats were good . . . the Brady Bulldogs just didn’t know they were that good. The ‘Cats whipped the ‘Dogs, 77-43, in the final non-district basketball game of the season Tuesday night in Ballinger. “We played a very good team,” Brady coach Shawn Dalbert said. “It was a good tune-up for us before district starts. I doubt if we’ll see a better team this year.” The coach was proud, however, of the way his kids played. They fought and scrapped, but Ballinger’s strength and height advantage was simply too much. “Their smallest starter is 6-2. We began the game in a man defense, but they got us into a zone quickly then they hit their shots from outside,” Dalbert said. He cited freshman Cole Whisen-hunt for his play against Ballinger’s top player, Aaron Fry, a 6-7 athlete who is college material, according to Dalbert. “Fry may be the best player in the area. Cole was giving away a foot to him, but Cole held Fry to only seven points,” he said. “Ballinger is a fine team, but they are playing in an awfully strong district with Abilene Wylie, Merkel, and Clyde. They have lots of talent, and they have nine guys who can play,” he said. Shawn Borchert led the Brady attack with 10 points. The Dogs open District 26-3A play Friday (tonight) against Liberty Hill, owners of a 16-1 record. “They are state-ranked, but Wimberley is the pre-season pick to win the district,” the coach said. The Dogs are 2-14 on the season. Score by quarters: Brady 3 14 10 16’43 Ballinger 19 18 26 14’77 Brady scorers: C.J. Villegas 3, Cole Whisenhunt 6, Shawn Borchert 10, Johnny Menefield 4, Hunter Wilkinson 6, Luke Price 6, Adrian Ni’o 4, Blake Andrews 4.