Belton rubs it in good, 102-50

February 23-26, 1960 Belton finally beat Brady here Tuesday night and did it rather decisively, 102-50. For Tiger fans, the basketball victory almost made up for four straight football losses to the Bulldogs. And like the gridiron engagements between the two teams, this was a bi-district battle, for the right to advance to the Interscholastic League’s regional tournament in College Station this weekend. Rarely if ever has the Brady gym seen such basketball skill as Belton displayed here Tuesday night. Fast, sure and with a dead eye on the basket, the Tiger cagers sank shot after shot from any spot on the floor. They had the crowd gasping before the game was three minutes old. The gross gate totaled $344, giving each school $112.80 after payment of expenses. The Tigers took the first center, dashed for the basket, and had a 2-point lead hardly before the clock had time to start running. A minute and a half later, the Tigers were leading, 8-0. The Bulldogs were dazed and dazzled. When they saw “we aren’t going to beat this bunch tonight,” they settled down to do what they could. And what they did was nothing to be ashamed of. It’s unlikely that any team from here on out is going to be able to control the Belton Tigers this season. It was a wild, rough battle. The officials from Austin called it like a college game, rarely blowing their whistles. Only when the Dogs and Tigers started throwing football blocks, skidding each other across the floor, did they get penalized. Belton led 31-9 at the end of the first period, 54-22 at the half and 74-34 at the end of the third period. Almost throughout the game, they kept the score doubled on the Doggies. The Dogs, fighting back, only hoped to keep the Tigers under 100. In the final minute of play and trailing, 98-49, the Doggies went into a stall, but it was no good. The Tigers got two free tosses and then added a field goal for good measure. Belton fans, almost filling the east side of the gym came up shouting, and an abbreviated Belton band’brought along for the occasion and heavy on the drums’boomed into action, adding a beat to the shouts and shrieks filling the gym. Despite the longsided score and even after there was no doubt of the outcome, it remained a thrilling contest. Bill Ward, a 6-5 junior was high point man for the Tigers with 26 points, and Dennis Watson, a 6-1 senior, was next with 23. Brady scorers’Robert Ricks 10, Herbie Penn 16, Charles Reynolds 13, Gary Garner 9 and Charles Hanson 2. * * * Hornet champs suffer same fate: 103-55 It was no night for McCulloch County basketball teams. The Rochelle Hornets, in a bi-district playoff in Ballinger Tuesday night, lost to Jim Ned, 103-55, almost duplicating Brady’s loss the same night to Belton. Which proves that McCulloch County boys maybe ought to stick to football. “We played a good first quarter and a fair second quarter,” said Rochelle coach Kenneth Mitchell, “but we couldn’t have beaten them. They have a fine team.” Rochelle once took the lead, 3-0’in the first 10 seconds of the game’but from there on out Jim Ned kept widening the margin, leading 22-14 at the end of the first period, 48-33 at the half, and 78-46 at the end of the third period. Mitchell thinks the Hornets might have kept Jim Ned from breaking the 100-point mark, but realizing there was no chance of regaining the lead he sent in the B-team Hornets to play out the last half of the fourth quarter. “We played everybody’to give them the opportunity of playing in a championship game.” Rochelle’s John McDonald fouled out in the second quarter which didn’t help the Hornets’ chances. Ray Doyal, usually good for 10 or 12 points, scored only 1 and J.W. Graham, often good for 8 to 10, failed to score. Hugh Doyal was high-point man for the Hornets with 30. Jim Ned’s scoring was about equally divided. A good crowd saw the game and Rochelle came home with a little money, Mitchell said. The Hornets were champions of District 21-B. Rochelle’Hugh Doyal 30, Ray Doyal 1, John McDonald 7, Gaylon Cowan 2 and David Brown 15. * * * Charge filed in robbery Sheriff Luke Vogel filed a charge of robbery by firearm Thursday against a 22-year-old Brady man, Carlton C. Zumwalt. Zumwalt was named in connection with a shotgun robbery of the Young Oil Company on the San Angelo highway early on the morning of Feb. 15. A shotgun was rammed through a side window, and the robber demanded that the night attendant, James Adams, hand over the cash from the register. Justice of the Peace Joe Myrick set Zumwalt’s bond at $5,000. * * * New record in Brady gym Yes, that 102-50 score was a new record in the Brady gym, the highest run up since the gym was opened in December, 1952. The previous record was a 91-89 encounter on Jan. 20, 1956, when the Winters B-team whipped the Brady Bullpups. The B-team score in turn had replaced an 84-76 mark set by Howard Payne over Trinity the night the gym was dedicated. * * * Rochelle 4-H boys catch calves in Houston Scramble Two Rochelle 4-H Club boys, Bob Bratton and Tommy Penn, caught calves Wednesday night in the calf scramble at the Houston Fat Stock Show and Rodeo. Bob is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wes Bratton, and Tommy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Penn. County Agent Jimmy Cusenbary was almost as happy as the boys. He and Chester Penn accompanied the boys to Houston. As winners in the calf scramble, each of the boys will receive a certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer worth up to $150 in the breed of their choice. They will feed out their animals then show them at the 1962 Houston show. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Here for Bi-district game Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Watkins and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Werst, Jr., of Big Lake, were here Tuesday night to see the Brady Bulldogs and Belton Tigers in their bi-district game. The Wersts publish the Big Lake Wildcat, weekly newspaper, and the Watkins are McCulloch County residents when school is not in session. He is a teacher in Big Lake School. * * * Enters hospital Mrs. Olive Boling, night telephone operator, who was in an accident on Church Street recently, entered M&S Hospital Wednesday.

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