Bulldogs having trouble getting over the hump

The Brady Bulldog basketball team just cannot get a break. Last Friday it dropped an overtime game to Liberty Hill. Tuesday night they were edged in Ingram by the Tom Moore Warriors, 58-57. Now 0-2 in District 26-3A, Brady coach Shawn Dalbert is wondering just what it takes for his team to get a break. “The sky’s the limit for this bunch,” he said Wednesday morning. “We can go either direction after dropping two close games. We just have to learn to tend to the little things in the final minutes of the game.” Against Ingram, the Dogs jumped to an impressive 21-9 lead after the first quarter, but the Warriors slowly began to close the gap. After being on top 31-22 at halftime, Ingram outscored the Dogs 18-10 in the third period and trailed by only one after that quarter, 41-40. “We kind of hit the all after the first quarter, but we played decent enough to win the game,” Dalbert observed. Down the stretch, the coach felt his team would be able to get the victory. But two turnovers and a foul afterwards on both enabled the Warriors to go up by three in the waning seconds. “C.J. (Villegas) hit what we thought was a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the officials ruled it inside the arc, and we came away with a one-point loss,” the coach said. “We shouldn’t have been in that situation anyway,” he added. Dalbert said he felt his team was 30 points better than Ingram, and his boys will get another chance at the Warriors when they come to town on Feb. 1. Ingram is now 2-0 in district with its other win being over Llano. Turnovers, however, continue to plague the young Bulldogs. “We had about 15 against Ingram. I can live with that, but those two in the final minute were the ones that hurt,” he said. The Bulldogs now turn their attention to the Wimberley Texans, who are the top team in the district, according to Dalbert. “They probably are among the top 25 teams in Class 3A,” he said. “We need to beat them here Friday night.” Score by quarters: Brady 21 10 10 16’57 Ingram 9 13 18 18’58 Brady scorers: C.J. Villegas 13, Cole Whisenhunt 11, Clifton Tally 5, Hunter Wilkinson 6, Blake Andrews 6, Luke Price 3, Tim Walker 2, Johnny Menefield 10, Adrian Ni’o 2.

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