After dropping its first four district games of the season, the Bandera High School Boys’ Basketball Team traveled to Llano on Jan. 31 and took on the Llano Yellow Jackets.
The Bulldogs entered the contest having lost 17 straight district basketball games dating back to the 2017-2018 season. The win came on Feb. 6, 2018 when Bandera defeated Canyon Lake.
Against Llano, the Bulldogs jumped on top early, using great team defense and strong rebounding.
The Bulldogs held the Yellow Jackets to 6 points in the first quarter and 5 points in the second quarter, resulting in a 14-11 halftime lead for Bandera.
The Bulldogs got into a rhythm on offense in the second half, while showing great ball movement and tough finishes at the basket to outscore the Yellow Jackets 26-18.
In the end, the Bulldogs were victorious 40-29, picking up there first district win in almost two years.
“It felt good to get our first district win in a very long time against a very well-coached Llano team. Many of the current varsity players had not win a district game in their high school playing careers, so it meant a lot to them and the first-year varsity athletes to finally get over that hump,” said Bandera’s Boys’ Basketball Coach Carl D. Lee. “I am proud of these guys for continuing to work hard and compete every single day in practice and at every game.
“With that being said, we still have a lot of work to do these final five games of the season. Hopefully, it will end on a high note.”
The win left the Bulldogs with a season record of 5-24 and a 1-4 district record.
Scoring results for Bandera against Llano were Tyler Moore, 11 points; Trace Decker, 6 points; Gunnar Winkler, 6 points; Liam Demarchi, 6 points; Ryan Perez, 5 points; Ryan Zimmel, 3 points; Lukas Jackson, 2 points; and Taylor Brown, 1 point.
The Bulldogs played Canyon Lake on Feb. 4 and hosted Wimberley on Friday, Feb.7. Results from those games were not available by the time the Bulletin went to press.
Carl D. Lee is Bandera High School’s head Varsity B oys’ Basketball coach.