Bulldog defense leads to bi-district win, 42-26

A tenacious defense and Tyler Campbell’s 16 points gave the Brady Bulldogs a 42-26 bi-district basketball victory over Van Horn in Crane last Wednesday night. The Dogs will advance to the area playoffs against Coahoma Friday (tonight). The game will be at Jim Ned gym in Tuscola at 8 p.m. Brady and Van Horn fans and players were delayed an hour and a half in starting the game (originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m.) when one official did not show up. The contest began at 9 p.m. when an Odessa referee arrived. The Eagles had no answer for Campbell, a junior, whose game-leading points paced both teams. Both teams were cold in the first and third quarters, but Brady’s 16 points in the second period helped give the Dogs a seven-point lead at halftime, 25 -18. The Bulldogs dominated the boards and provided a number of second shots. Holden Jacoby led in rebounds. Poor shooting and turnovers were committed in the first period. Opening game jitters or the game delay may have been the cause. In the second period, Brady’s shooting improved while the Doggies limited the Eagles’ effectiveness with outstanding board advantage. Brady was eight of nine from the free throw line in the first half, the Dogs were 10 of 12 (83%) for the game. Jake Hagan hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 1:40 left in the third quarter to open up an 11-point lead at 34-23. Van Horn was never allowed to get into a shooting rhythm because of Brady’s tough defense. The Eagles only scored three points in the fourth quarter. Rudy Medina, Van Horn’s leading scorer, was held to only six points after scoring 25 against Alpine to secure a playoff berth last week. Score by quarters: Brady 91698’42 Van Horn 81053’26 Brady scorers: Tyler Campbell 16, Jon Langseth 7, Brantley King 6, Jake Hagan 6, Holden Jacoby 4, Larat Lawrence 2, Jonathan Fleming 1. The Brady High School cheerleaders will have a public sendoff for the team at 4:30 p.m. at the high school parking lot.

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