Brady defense leads to Area basketball win

Coahoma had no answer to the Brady Bulldogs last Friday night when the Dogs took an early lead in the Area playoff game in Tuscola and kept the pressure on, winning, 64-40. The Bulldogs will play Jim Ned at Lakeview High School gym in San Angelo at 7 p.m. Tuesday (tonight). With Brady’s victory last Friday night, this is the farthest a Brady basketball team has advanced into the state playoffs since the 1969-70 season, according to former Bulldog coach Charles Brewster. His team won three district championships in the late 60s, but lost that final game to Hughes Springs in Denton in 1970. Brady point guard Brantley King had a spectacular night in Tuscola at Jim Ned’s gymnasium. He led his team with fancy dribbling and passing to his teammates, not to mention the nine points he had. “This game was one of the best we’ve had all season long,” Brady coach Gary Jones said. “With the exception of the last minute of the first half, we played really well,” he added. The Dogs led 14-5 after the first period, due to the close-in shots by Tyler Campbell, who was the game’s point leader with 18 points, and Holden Jacoby, who netted 13 points. Campbell and Jacoby scored all of Brady’s points in the first quarter’Campbell, eight and Jacoby, six. The two teams settled down a bit in the second quarter with both having 10 points each. The score at halftime was 25-15, much to the delight of the large Brady crowd. Coming out for the third quarter, the Dogs made a later appearance, getting on the court just in time for the beginning of the second half. But if they were later getting to the court, they wasted no time in scoring one of their best quarters of the season (23 points). Guard Larat Lawrence sparked the Bulldogs with two long three-pointers, and Campbell had some other fine plays with seven points. Again, the Coahoma Bulldogs (winners of District 5-2A) had trouble getting the ball down court. They were held to only eight points in that eight-minute time. The game got a bit rough in the fourth period as Coahoma was trailing, 47-23, entering the quarter. Jones’ Bulldogs continued the onslaught in the last period by making nine of 14 free throws. They ended up by making 10 of 15 for the game. Ironically, Brady did not go to the free throw line but once through the first three quarters, and that one was by Campbell, who made it. “I felt we played a very aggressive, physical game against Coahoma, and I hope for the same type of game against Jim Ned,” Jones said. Score by quarters: Brady 14 10 23 17’64 Coahoma 5 10 8 17’40 Brady scorers: Brantley King 9, Jake Hagan 2, Jon Langseth 8, Jonathan Fleming 0, Dustin Tally 2, Eddie Ayala 0, Cody Melcer 0, Larat Lawrence 12, Holden Jacoby 13, Tyler Campbell 18. Coahoma scorers: Lang 3, Earhart 3, Gonzales 17, Morgan 4, Stone 4, Rodriquez 4, Ewing 7. Three-pointers-‘Brady 2; both by Lawrence. Coahoma 3; Gonzales 2, Ewing 1.

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