Head Boys Basketball Coach Brady Keane said the team has a knack for starting games slowly from time to time, and they are working on that.
In a last-day-of-the-year game at Bandera against Hondo, the Bulldogs started sluggish after another two weeks of games on the road.
The Bandera varsity basketball team returned home for the first time in more than two weeks and picked up a 57-37 win over the Hondo Owls.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys played today,” said Keane.
“We played well defensively, controlled the rebounding battle and took advantage of our opportunities in transition. It was a good win to close out 2020, and we’re looking forward to continuing to improve next week before getting started with district play.”
The Bulldogs offensively struggled with turnovers in the first half but used a strong defensive performance to build a small lead in the early minutes of the game.
Bandera held Hondo to just five first-quarter points, and while the Owls scored 12 points in the second, the Bulldogs carried a three-point lead into the half-time break.
Then something happened. Perhaps it was due playing at home to the cheers of hometown fans.
Bandera started to pull away late in the third quarter behind an offensive surge that featured a flurry of transition baskets from the trio of Gunnar Winkler, Luke Barnett and Tyler Moore.
Lukas Jackson and Liam DeMarchi helped the Bulldogs control the rebounding battle, and Bandera limited Hondo’s second-chance opportunities from start to finish, Coach Keane explained.
The Bulldogs outscored the Owls 37-20 in the second half to pick up their second consecutive win while moving a game over .500 to 7-6 on the season.
Winkler led the way offensively, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, while also contributing eight rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Barnett added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Moore had eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists.
DeMarchi had eight points, sixteen rebounds and two assists.
Jackson had six points and ten rebounds.
Liberty Bomer finished with three points and three rebounds.
“We got off to a slow start offensively, but this is the fourth straight game I feel like we’ve done a really good job defensively, said Coach Keane.
The varsity team, which finished off the boys basketball program’s third home sweep of the season, returned to action Tuesday, Jan. 5, on the road against Llano next week. Results of that game were not available by the Bulletin’s deadline.
They travel to Pearsall on Friday, Jan. 8.