By A.C. Hall
One thing the Brewer Bears excel at under Head Coach Jason Porostovsky is using the pre-district portion of their schedule to challenge themselves and improve. This almost always leads to the Bears playing their best basketball right as district play gets underway.
More of that pre-district preparation was going on last week, as the Bears took on the talented Justin Northwest squad at BHS.
After falling behind in the opening minutes, Brewer battled back and got themselves even with the Texans. The opening quarter was hard fought and very competitive, and the teams were tied 14 – 14 heading into the second.
The score remained tight throughout the second. Brewer player Yanni Noulas made some big plays in the lane during the quarter, while Joshua Waters dazzled with some amazing dribbling and ball handling skills. At halftime, the Bears were down slightly as the scoreboard read Northwest 26, Brewer 24.
Garrick Reynolds emerged as a strong force for the Bears in the third quarter, making great plays on both ends of the court. Brewer implemented a slow, very deliberate offensive gameplan that saw them hold them ball for long stretches of time before attempting a shot. This often got them great looks at the basket, but unfortunately there were a lot of shots that just didn’t fall. This allowed the Texans to open up a 33 – 28 lead heading into the final quarter.
Guard Cameron Brown came alive in the quarter, getting 7 of his 11 points in the first few minutes of the fourth. This sparked a furious Bears rally as they roared back into the lead with just two minutes to play.
The Texans tied the game at 40 – 40, then took a 1 point lead. The Bears had one final possession with 10 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over when their player stepped out of bounds. Northwest extended their lead in the final seconds as they won the game 45 – 40.
Despite the loss, it was a valiant effort by the Bears as they executed an excellent gameplan and got contributions from several different players. The team opens up district play Tuesday in Wichita Falls.
Irving tops Lady Bears
By A.C. Hall
The Lady Bears were back in action on Friday night at BHS but once again fell victim to some massive scoring runs. Halfway through the first quarter, the lady Bears were holding a slight lead, but then the Irving Lady Tigers scored 11 unanswered points. That gave them a 16 – 9 lead heading into the second.
Brewer utilized their heavy full court pressure defense that they’ve implemented several times this season, but still struggled to stop Irving from scoring in the second. The Lady Bears kept things close through most of the quarter, and found themselves down 32 – 25 at halftime.
The home fans were treated to an energetic dance routine by the Honeycombs Drill Team before action resumed in the third. Irving opened up the second half with a devastating scoring run, outscoring Brewer 22 – 3 over the first six minutes of the third quarter. This put the Lady Bears in a deep hole that they couldn’t find their way out of.
The final score was Irving 79, Brewer 47. Despite sticking with their pressure defense that puts multiple defenders on whoever has the ball, the Lady Bears still couldn’t slow down Irving’s scorers. This defensive scheme sometimes causes turnovers, but most of the time it just seems to open up the opposing teams for easy shots.
District play is now underway for the Lady Bears, and they’ll be in Denton and Wichita Falls this week looking to start off district in the win column.