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Bulldogs fall to Panthers in district showdown

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Last Tuesday, January 3, the Bandera Bulldog varsity basketball squad traveled to Navarro for their second district game of the season, falling in a fourth quarter thriller by a score of 65-57.

"We had a first half to forget because of 15 turnovers, 15 missed shots, and we were down by 15 points," head coach Brett Morris said. "Navarro started out more aggressive and we played terrible."

The Bulldogs did open surprisingly slow in the first quarter, managing only 5 points. Navarro didn't necessarily play better, but turnovers and mistakes hurt Bandera in the early part of the game.

"Our defense didn't get back to slow down the fast break," freshman Ty Neff said. "Our turnovers killed us."

The Bulldogs turned the ball over 26 times in the game, but did shoot 52 percent from the court in the contest.

"We weren't focused," senior Ryan Walker said. "We didn't come out to play in the first half and it showed on the scoreboard."

After falling into a deep hole early, the Bulldogs mounted a tremendous second half comeback, cutting Navarro's lead to only four at one point in the fourth quarter.

"That second half comeback will give us more confidence going forward," senior Wes Overley said. "We will be better prepared in future games."

Although unable to completely come back, Bandera showed the ability to outplay Navarro on all levels of the game.

"It will boost our confidence," senior Kyle Monroe said. "The way we played in the second half made us realize what we can do."

Walker led the team in scoring with 13, Overley 12, Cullen McGuire 11, Julian Garcia 6, Aaron Shackelford 4, Neff 3, Colby Stewart, Kolton Bratton, Kyle Monroe, and Blake Keller with 2 each.

The Bulldogs played Boerne on Friday, Jan. 6, falling to the Greyhounds in the second district game of the season. Bandera also took on Ingram on Tuesday, Jan. 10, with press to follow next week.

JV and Varsity Bulldogs will take on Hawkins Friday, Jan. 13, at home.