Bulldog Varsity basketball pulls out four more wins from holiday play
by Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor
After setting their goals on a District title, Christmas Day was the final day of rest for the Varsity Boys basketball team as they headed to the Fredericksburg Annual Holiday classic on December 26. With a challenging schedule of six games in three days, the 'Dogs came away with with wins over FEAST, Savio and Junction.
Liberty Hill and College Station
Bandera took on District 8AAA favorites Liberty Hill, Thursday morning.
"Day one was a day of turnovers," Head Coach Bob Shearhart said.
The 'Dogs evenly matched Liberty Hill through the first half with the Panthers up by only one at buzzer.
"We knew they would be a fundamentally tough team and we would have to come out strong on the boards both offensively and defensively," junior post Corey Jennings said.
The battle continued through the third quarter with the Panthers leading by 3 at buzzer.
Liberty Hill's outside shot proved too powerful for the 'Dogs in the fourth quarter and they outscored Bandera 13-2, walking away with a Panther victory 52-38.
Ty Neff led the scoring for Bandera with 15 points and 5 steals. Averie Mansfield added 8 points. Allen Clark came off the bench and scored 6 points. Noah Nelson had 5 points and 16 rebounds. Jonathan Raitz had 2 points and 4 assists.
Thursday afternoon Bandera battled another heavy contender, College Station and came up short 55-60.
"Against good teams you cannot turn the ball over, and we did," Shearhart said. "Despite the many turnovers, the Dogs had opportunities to win both games."
Ty Neff led the Dogs with 19 points, 5 assists, 8 rebounds, and 8 steals. Averie Mansfield added 8 points and 12 rebounds. Jonathan Raitz scored 8 points and Marshall Beightol had 3 steals.
Burnet and FEAST
Day two of the tournament pitted the Dogs against the Burnet Bulldogs and the FEAST Patriots, and again turnovers plagued Bandera in their morning opener.
In a low scoring contest Burnet out lasted Bandera 44-40.
"Burnet was a disciplined team and they benefitted from our mistakes," junior post Averie Mansfield said.
Ty Neff led Bandera in scoring with 11. Caleb Beauchamp added 7 points and 3 steals. Averie Mansfield contributed 6 points and 9 rebounds. Noah Nelson had 3 assists and 5 points.
With hopes to avenge an earlier loss to FEAST, the 'Dogs came out fighting when they took on the Patriots in the second game of day two. Bandera battled to the end and came out with a 65-61 victory.
"Cutting down on the turnovers and having a strong post presence gave us the boost we needed," Shearhart said.
Averie Mansfield led Bandera with 18 points. Both Ty Neff and Noah Nelson added 17 points with Neff having 5 assists and 3 steals and Nelson controlling the boards with 10.
Savio and Junction
Day three matched up the Bulldogs with the Savio Eagles and the Junction Eagles.
Bandera defeated Savio 51-41 in their first game.
Noah Nelson led the Dogs with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Ty Neff scored 14. Marshall Beightol had 8 points. Caleb Beauchamp added 4 assists and 6 rebounds. Corey Jennings added 2 points and 3 assists.
The final game of the tournament matched the Bulldogs with Junction. At the final buzzer, the score was Bandera 67, Junction 49.
Leading scorer for Bandera was Ty Neff with 23 points and 6 steals. Noah Nelson had 14 points. Averie Mansfield added 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. Both Jonathan Raitz and Caleb Beauchamp had 3 assists.
"All in all, I feel good about our performance in the tournament," Shearhart said. "The competition was tough. We had an opportunity to win every game, and we learned that squandered opportunities against quality opponents have dire effects. That is what these preseason tournaments are all about. I was extremely happy with our inside passing game."
The Bulldog varsity boy's basketball team avenged an early season loss to the Devine Warhorses on Thursday.
A quick start set the tempo for the game as the Dogs jumped to a 12-2 first quarter lead. Ty Neff scored 8 of his game high 22 points in the first quarter, and Averie Mansfield added 4 of his 8 points as well.
The Dogs maintained a 10 point lead throughout the rest of the game to defeat Devine 42-32.
Noah Nelson scored 8 points, and Caleb Beauchamp added 4 points to finish off the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Bandera will host Boerne in the district opener this Friday (Jan. 10) night at Bulldog gymnasium with a 5:30pm tipoff for the Freshmen and JV and a 7pm tipoff for Varsity. The Varsity battled Boerne earlier this season in tournament play and lost by one point in overtime.