Brock ends its year with a 32-7 overall mark, and for the second-straight year is the Class 2A runner-up.
Although both teams revealed the nerve factor in the first quarter of a Class 2A semifinal at the UIL Boys State Basketball Tournament on Friday, timidity gave way to defensive energy as the contest wore on. The Eagles took the lead for good midway through the final period, and though the margin was far from comfortable, Brock stymied the Wildcats’ offense to win the semifinal match, 56-51.
The start of the game was a bit sloppy at both ends, but sweeter for Brock in the early going, as they led by seven at the close of the opening period. But Idalou’s height and opportunistic rebounding reversed the trend in the second quarter, giving the Wildcats the advantage at the half. Idalou finished the game with a 40-24 rebound advantage.
“We just weren’t getting after the ball in the first half,” said head coach Jeff Bell. “I think we started getting more aggressive on the boards in the second half, and may have done a better job of blocking out.”
Sophomore Lance Ewell played a significant role in turning the rebound fortunes and finished with 10 boards.
Ewell led Brock scoring with 16 points, Southern, Cockburn and Carrigan each threw in nine points. Micah Thornton came off the bench to add eight.