“Our kids are starting to understand how hard to play and what they need to do to win games,” head coach Roy Kiser said. “We are getting solid defensive efforts from everyone.”
The Bulldogs avenged a 45-55 loss Dec. 2 to Dripping Springs with a 52-49 win to capture the tournament championship on the Burnet campus.
A 13-4 run in the third quarter handed Burnet the lead after trailing at intermission, 21-25. The Bulldogs held off a 20-point fourth quarter rally by the Tigers with 18 points of their own.
“I was very proud of our ability to control two very good scorers, Tyler Poole and Daniel Alexander, from Dripping Springs,” Kiser said. “They are talented players, but we held them to only five points between them in the second half.”
Tyson Denton powered inside the lane for 18 points and Garrett Wilkes, a streaky long-range shooter, led the Bulldogs with 18 and 11 points, respectively, in the title game. Zakk Revelle was credited with eight points as was John Melvin. Tyler Scott had two points and Ben Cardozo finished with one.
Stewart Berg, the wiry high flier whom Kiser described as immensely court savvy, joined seniors Revelle, the team’s high-octane engine, and Denton, the power post, on the all-tournament team.
“We had a good tournament, and I hope this starts a consistent run for us, but we understand that we have a great deal to get better at before district,” Kiser said.
On their run to the title, the Bulldogs destroyed Huffman Hargrave, 50-23, and used a second rally to subdue Copperas Cove, 64-61.
Revelle led the effort over Copperas Cove with 16 points followed by Cardozo with 12, Berg added 11, and Denton dropped in 10. Hall and Scott had six and five points, while Melvin and Garrett Rowe recorded two points.
Austin Reagan snuck past Copperas Cove, 61-59, for third place in the tourney. The consolation was captured by San Antonio Christian with a 50-39 victory over St. Anthony.
Burnet is at the Stephenville Tournament Thursday-Saturday before hosting Marble Falls Tuesday in an 8 p.m. contest.