DE LEON — In a battle of two teams playing without their full complement of players due to the high school football playoffs, the Brownwood Lions opened the 2017-18 basketball season with a 64-34 road triumph over the Class 2A De Leon Bearcats Tuesday night.
“We came out very sluggish,” said Lions second-year head coach Nadir Dalleh, who led Brownwood to an 18-14 record and its first playoff berth since 2012 a season ago. “I guess being the first game that usually happens. I was very proud of how our kids competed. De Leon had only seven players because of football, and I had 14 to rotate in. So we kind of wore them down in the second half. Overall I am very pleased with our effort and now we know what we need to work on.”
The Lions led 13-10 after one period and 30-22 at halftime, then opened the floodgates by establishing a 51-25 lead through three quarters.
Xavier Porter paced the Brownwood attack with 11 points followed by eight each from Gavon Clemons and Jaten Reeves, seven from John Wilhelm, six from Lawrence Garcia, five each from Blake Bronniman and Ryan Riker, three from Beau Bronniman and two points apiece from Parker Dorsett and Jared Cullins.
The next action for the Lions (1-0) is at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the home opener against Lampasas.