With two of the top three District 9-2A teams getting right to business in the district opener on Friday, Brock’s varsity boys made an early impression on the pecking order with a 54-42 win over the Ponder Lions.
“ I may not look or sound real happy about this win tonight,” said Brock head basketball coach Jeff Bell, during his assessment of the contest, “but, I definitely am.
“I’m proud of the way our boys played tonight.”
With Peaster also in the district mix and state title trophies residing in each school’s halls, the contention for the district championship is just getting started in one of the stronger groupings in Class 2A.
A half-dozen 3-pointers made Brock’s Tre Ewell the scoring leader on the night, with three of the long-range baskets in the final period, as the Eagles finally distanced themselves after a nip-and-tuck three quarters that saw the Brock at three points entering the last stanza.
“Any time we play a Ponder or a Peaster, we know it’s going to be a fight,” Bell said. “We just want to win.
“I wasn’t comfortable all night. Even when we had an 11-point lead with 20 seconds left in the game, I was still asking myself, ‘Are we going to win this thing?’
“[Ponder] is always a great team, with great coaching.”
The energy level for both teams was at peak level throughout the night, with perpetual offensive punching and counter-punching keeping the score tight until the final period.
Ewell had a productive night in addition to his scoring, grabbing seven rebounds, issuing five assists, a trio of steals and a couple of blocked shots. Dylan Carrigan was also active, pouring in 16 points.
Before the boys took the floor, the Lady Eagles varsity handled Ponder with a bit more ease, with the defense at the forefront in a low-scoring 30-16 win.