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Boys improve to 8-1 with holiday victories

With two tournament titles in as many weeks, the Brady boys basketball team is sailing in territory the Eagles haven’t seen for decades.

An 8-1 record is the best start for the Eagle boys since the mid-1990s and first-year coach David Jacobs said it’s a great ride that he hopes will continue.

“It’s one big team,” Jacobs said. “In a little town like this, you’ve not only got the players but you’ve got the parents and the fans on your team too. Everybody’s in it and it’s really fun.”

The Eagles added to their fun with a pair of home holiday tournament victories last week.

In the first round on Thursday, Brady defeated Crawford 57-19, allowing only two Ram points in the fourth quarter when reserves were on the court.

“That really wasn’t a very fun game to play and I’m sure it wasn’t very good to watch,” Jacobs said. “You just can’t tell your kids not to play.”

Senior Sawyer Burke was the high scorer for Brady with 23 points.

The win sent the Eagles into the championship game against Wauneta-Palisade, which Brady defeated 46-39 in the first game of the season.

“I knew it was going to be a good test,” Jacobs said. “It’s tough to beat a team twice in a year.”

But the Eagles handled the Broncos with more pressure this time and a packed-in zone defense.

After the first quarter ended in a 14-14 tie, Brady stretched the game open in the second period and never relinquished the lead.

The Eagles were up 31-21 at halftime and never looked back.

Burke was on fire again, scoring 32 points including three three-pointers and nine free throws.

“We’re playing pretty good ball right now,” Jacobs said. “I just keep telling the kids that we have to get better every time we step in the gym whether it’s practice or a game.”

The Eagles will work to perfect their man-to-man offense this week as Jacobs expects to see more of that defense in the weeks to come.

Brady travels to Arthur County on Saturday to face the 5-1 Wolves whose only loss is to Cody-Kilgore.

“I expect a good game in their gym,” Jacobs said. “We’re going to have to come to play.”

Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Arthur.

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