Brady boys earn first tourney title
MAXWELL—Everything clicked just the way it was designed to Thursday night as the Brady boys put up a united front to defeat Maxwell 67-41 in the championship game of the Maxwell Booster Tournament.
“The kids are playing with confidence in themselves and in their teammates,” said coach David Jacobs. “They’re really on a roll and it’s fun basketball to watch.”
The Eagles opened the game with a 7-0 run fueled by a pair of three-pointers from senior Sawyer Burke and a rebound and put-back by classmate Tyler Egenberger.
Burke was on fire all night, scoring 32 points including seven three-point goals.
“Sawyer couldn’t miss,” Jacobs said, “and his teammates did a great job of feeding him the ball.”
Burke was 7-of-8 from behind the arc and 11-of-13 overall with 3-for-3 shooting from the free throw line.
The Eagles had two other players in double figures as well. Egenberger finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and six assists while junior Zach Mann chipped in 13 points.
“We can count on those three kids to be in double figures pretty much every game,” Jacobs said. “With three of them scoring like that, it makes us a pretty tough team to defend.”
Maxwell kept the score fairly close in the first half, making a first-quarter run and closing Brady’s lead to 20-13 at the end of the first period.
At halftime, the Eagles were up 39-28.
“They kept inching up on us but I never felt like we weren’t in complete control,” Jacobs said.
Brady out-scored Maxwell 16-2 in the fourth quarter to finish the job and earn the Eagles’ first Maxwell tournament title plaque.
“It was a total team effort,” Jacobs said. “Everybody contributes, whether they’re on the bench or on the court. It’s just a neat team and I feel blessed to be a part of it.”
The Eagles reached the championship after defeating Stapleton-McPherson County in the opening round 57-48.
The Cyclones managed to keep the score relatively tight through most of the game but Jacobs said again, he was never concerned about who was in control.
“We let them hang on between eight and 12 points,” the coach said, “but I pretty much knew we weren’t in any danger of losing.”
Burke was high scorer against SMC as well with 20 points. Egenberger had another double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds while Mann pitched in 12 points.
The Eagles move to 6-1 on the season and sit third in power points among the state’s Class D-2 schools.
Brady will face Crawford (2-5) at 6:15 p.m. in the second game of the Brady Holiday Tournament on Thursday.
Anselmo-Merna and Wauneta-Palisade play the opening game in the boys’ bracket at 2:45 p.m. Thursday.
Winners square off at 6:15 p.m. Friday with the consolation set for 2:45 p.m. Friday.