Bulldogs start fast, whip Grape Creek

Brady’s Bulldogs routed Grape Creek in their next to the last non-district basketball game there last Friday night, 85-49. With the win, the Dogs are now 7-9 on the season with a match-up with Ballinger (the Bearcats won the first game this season, 75-44) here Tuesday (tonight) the last game before District 26-3A play begins here Friday night against Liberty Hill. “The kids played exceptionally well defensively,” Brady coach Shawn Dalbert said. “We really shut them down in the second and third quarters.” Those two periods are when the Bulldogs have not been playing well, the coach said. “Our guards, C.J. Villegas, Cole Whisenhunt and Clifton Tally, created a lot of turnovers that led to a number of points,” he said. Dalbert singled out Tally for his play. “Clifton didn’t score in the game, but his presence was felt. He can play all five positions on the floor, and he plays them well,” the coach said. Another player that Dalbert praised was 6-5 junior Blake Andrews. “He is really stepping up inside and is playing very consistently the past couple of weeks.” The Bulldogs led Grape Creek 22-16 after the first quarter, but took a 43-24 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Dogs scored 24 points in the third period then eased to the 36-point victory. “Grape Creek is not a bad basketball team. They came into our game with a 14-6 record with one of their wins being over Reagan County,” the coach said. “We are coming around as a team at just the right time. We didn’t want to peak too soon. Hopefully, we can jell as a team during district play,” Dalbert said. Against the Eagles, the Bulldogs had five players in double figures in scoring. They were led by Villegas, who made 22 points. Score by quarters: Brady 22 21 24 18’85 Grape Creek 16 8 6 19’49 Brady scorers: Cole Whisenhunt 12, Johnny Menefield 10, Tim Walker 4, Samuel Torres 7, C.J. Villegas 22, Luke Price 18, Blake Andrews 12.

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