The Bandera boys basketball team is playing roller coaster ball as it moves into the all-important district play.
Riding a three-game winning streak into Friday night’s game against Pearsall, the Bulldogs started off their final non-district game of the season with a ton of momentum, but the Mavericks clawed their way back and made just a few more plays in crunch time to knock off the Bulldogs in a momentous 65-59 finish.
The home team trailed by four points at the end of the first quarter, before a strong finish to the second gave the Bulldogs a onepoint lead at the half.
Tyler Moore had a smooth steal and a breakaway layup just before the end of the second quarter to keep the momentum.
The Bulldogs took control of the game early in the third quarter, building an eight-point lead before foul trouble and offensive rebounds let Pearsall climb back into the game.
The Mavericks outscored Bandera 39-32 in the second half to gain just enough of an edge to pick up the victory.
Pearsall shot 39 free throws compared to 20 from the home boys and found success on second-chance opportunities in the final minutes.
The Bulldogs had a balanced offensive attack and got into a rhythm offensively, taking advantage of opportunities both from long range and inside against the Mavericks’ zone defense.
Ryan Zimmel went four-of-six from threepoint range and Noah Barnett was two-of-four from deep, helping the Bulldogs shoot 32 percent from behind the arc.
Tyler Moore scored a team-high 14 points, Luke Barnett had 13 points, Zimmel finished with 13, Lukas Jackson had 10, Noah Barnett had six and Ryan Perez finished with three points.
Rebounding leaders included Jackson (10), Moore (six), Luke Barnett (four), Liam DeMarchi (four), Zimmel (four), Perez (two) and Noah Barnett (two).
Moore had a teamhigh five assists, Noah Barnett had three assists, and Luke Barnett, Ryan Perez, Ryan Zimmel and Kayden Brown had two assists apiece.
Moore also finished with a team-high six steals.
Bandera finished the non-district portion of their schedule with a record of 8-7, and will open District 28-4A play on Tuesday against Comal Davenport on senior night. Bandera will then travel to Canyon Lake on Thursday.
“It’s obviously disappointing to fall short in the final non-district game of the year, but I was really proud of the way our guys played,” said head coach Brady Keane. “That was a hard-fought, competitive basketball game against a really good program, and the experience made us a better team.”
We’ve grown so much as a team through our 15 non-district games, and are excited to continue working over the next few weeks of district play toward accomplishing the goals we set as a program at the beginning of the year,” Keane said.