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Bulldogs pick up two more w's before district

By Sandy Jennings BCC Contributor

Bulldog Varsity basketball will open District this Friday in Lytle against the Pirates. Bandera, after beating both Burnet (66-51) and FEAST (76-55) this week, holds a 11-7 pre-district record and has been picked to win the UIL District 29 division 4A.
"Everything we have been working on up to this point has been in preparation for district play," senior point guard Brady Keane said. "We have endured a tough schedule, allowing us to play some of the best teams in the state."
Bandera traveled to Burnet this past Friday to take on the Bulldogs' Freshmen, JV and Varsity teams.
After a back and forth battle, the freshman Bulldogs lost a close game with a score of 39-37. With just seconds left and the game tied at 37, Burnet was able to break the pressure put on by the Bandera squad and get a bucket to seal the win.
"The game was back and forth throughout, but in the end missed layups and bad passes are what ultimately did us in," Coach Bobby LaLanne said.
Individuals scoring for the Bulldogs were Brandon Chamberlain (12 points), Ben Shackleford (8 points), Josh Ripple (5 points), Alex Cardenas and Andrew Garza (4 points), and Casey Harp and Chase Havely (2 points).
After a slow start by the Junior Varsity Bulldogs, ending first quarter in a 5-5 tie, Bandera beat Burnet 49-30.
"Better shooting and tough defense gave us a seven point lead at halftime," Coach Tyler Wanek said. "We carried this momentum into the third and fourth quarter scoring 11 and 20, respectively."
Leading scorers for Bandera were Aaron Givens (16), Tryston Butler and Jacker Junker (8), and Connor Chesshir (7).
The Varsity boys found themselves in a foot race against Burnet and after a fast and furious first quarter, Bandera held a 5 point lead, 19-14. Once the pace settled down, Bandera took control of the game, outscoring Burnet 20-8, leading by 16 at halftime.
Bandera's scoreboard was controlled by seven different Bulldogs in the first half with Averie Mansfield scoring 12, Noah Nelson and Ty Neff with 7 each, Corey Jennings with 6, and Ruben Vargas and Nick Salas with 3 each.
"Our big men, Nelson, Mansfield, and Jennings owned the boards throughout the game," Coach Bob Shearhart said. Nelson grabbed 9 boards, Mansfield 5, and Jennings 4.
The third quarter slowed down considerably seeing Bandera only muster 8 points and Burnet only 3, and after three quarters of play, Bandera lead by 21.
The fourth quarter looked like a track meet once again and after numerous free throws, Burnet outscored Bandera 25-19, finishing the game with Bandera on top 66-51.
Neff and Mansfield led Bandera in scoring with 14 points and 3 steals each, followed by Nelson with 9 points and 3 blocked shots, Salas with 7 points and 4 assists, Jennings with 6 points and 8 rebounds, Brady Keane with 5 points and 3 assists, Sterling Gardner with 4 points, Vargas with 3 points, and both J.T. Milner and Utah Hicks scored 2.
The Bulldogs and LadyBullodgs travel to Lytle on Friday for district play starting at 5 pm.