Boys finish regular season 15-7
DUNNING—Brady’s boys could only squeeze two points out of the first quarter during Friday night’s finish to the regular season.
That’s a solid 10 points below their per-quarter average on the year.
The Knights held Brady well below their points-per-game average as well, pounding the Eagles 61-36.
“Don’t get me wrong, Sandhills/Thedford is a good team,” said Eagle coach David Jacobs, “but we could not catch a break the whole game.”
The Knights shot out to a 14-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and were up 31-14 at halftime.
Jacobs said the real turning point of the game came on an offensive foul call toward the end of the third period.
Senior guard Bryley Roper made a basket that would have cut Sandhills/Thedford’s lead to eight points but instead of getting the bucket, Roper was called for a charge.
“We had some momentum at that point and we were making a run,” Jacobs said. “It was a questionable call that forced a big swing. Instead of cutting the lead to eight, all of a sudden we’re looking at 12 or 13 points and it seems insurmountable again.”
Senior Zach Mann finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Eagles.
Brady ended the regular season with a 15-7 record, now focusing on the post-season.
“It all starts over,” Jacobs said. “We’ve got some good teams in our sub-district but I think through the sub and the district, they are all winnable games. There are no giants out there and that leaves it all wide open.”
The Eagles faced Anselmo-Merna in the first round of the D2-9 sub-district at Gothenburg Tuesday night, too late for this week’s edition of The Times.
A win would pit Brady against the winner of the Bertrand-Loomis game at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
“We’ve got to play well for a week and a half and I think we could find ourselves in Lincoln,” Jacobs said.