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JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

WACO — The Burnet High School boys basketball team lost 74-59 to Alvarado on Feb. 19 in the bi-district championship.

The loss ends the Bulldogs’ season.

Burnet trailed throughout the game but was able to cut Alvarado’s lead to 31-21 at the half.

The Bulldogs started the third quarter on a 7-0 run that lasted four minutes and 28 seconds and forced Alvarado into a timeout.

“We got to loose balls and rebounded better,” Burnet head coach Roy Kiser said. “We out-hustled them to loose balls. That was the big difference.”

From there, the Indians answered with a run of their own led by Xavier Adams, who was relentless on rebounding on both ends. The Bulldogs could never draw even with Alvarado.

“What Adams looks to do is shoot the three,” Kiser said. “He’s taken four times as many threes as anyone on his team. We played man to man because we didn’t want him to hurt us. But he took it to the hole. They established it early.”

Alvarado attempted 40 free throws to Burnet’s 14, though Kiser said “that’s on us” for settling for jumpers. He estimated the Indians shot 80 percent from the line.

Despite the loss, Kiser said he’s proud of the way his players performed during the season. They ended the first round of District 8-3A play with a perfect 5-0 record and didn’t let illness derail the second round.

“It was the most unusual group I’ve ever been around,” he said. “The guys did a good enough job to get in the playoffs. They could have stopped playing, but they found ways to win.

TOP PLAYERS: Alvarado – Xavier Adams 28 points

ON OFFENSE: (Burnet) Points – Colton Stevens 16, Derek Kiser 14, Clayton Baumgart 9, Jai Patel 3

jfierro@thepicayune.com