Brady boys land in ratings
Eagles cruise to 9-1 with victory over Arthur County.
The Brady boys basketball team has won eight straight games en route to a 9-1 record and the best start to an Eagle season in well over a decade.
Even the last trip to state for the Eagle boys in 1998 didn’t come with a 90% winning percentage.
The ’98 Eagles entered the Class D-2 state tournament with a 18-5 record, falling in the first round to Filley.
The last state hardware came in 1992 when the Eagles finished the D-2 state tournament as runners-up after suffering a disappointing 50-49 loss to Hildreth on a last-second shot.
Despite continued success this winter, the Eagles remained under the radar until last week when the Omaha World Herald decided Brady’s winning ways were worth mention, rating the team sixth in Class D-2.
“It’s nice to get noticed and it’s great to be winning like we are,” said coach David Jacobs. “I just keep reminding the kids, though, that they can’t be satisfied with where we’re at. We have to keep working to get better.”
Saturday’s game at Arthur County was billed as one of the best in the class for the weekend.
With a convincing 58-40 victory over the Wolves, the Eagles proved they’re worth the statewide attention.
“I don’t think any of them let the rating get to their heads,” Jacobs said. “Sometimes that can work against you but these kids came ready to play.”
The first quarter was a see-saw battle as the Eagles and Wolves traded buckets.
Brady finished the first period with a 16-14 lead and then held Arthur County to just three points in the second quarter.
“Our defense is improving,” Jacobs said. “That’s something we’ve worked pretty hard on.”
After a 30-17 lead at halftime, the Eagles scored 20 points in the third period to dash Arthur County’s hopes.
Sawyer Burke finished with 22 points followed by Zach Mann with 12 and Ryan Porter getting 10.
“Ryan played really well at the high post against their 2-3 zone,” Jacobs said. “He was in the right place at the right time to get some good rebounds and put-backs.”
Tyler Egenberger pulled down 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists.
The Eagles will face 6-3 Hayes Center on the road Friday and host 4-4 South Loup on Saturday.
“I expect Hayes Center to be a tough, physical game,” Jacobs said. “Any time you can go on the road and get a win it’s a good thing.”
South Loup has earned some big wins, Jacobs said, but also had some surprising losses.
“This weekend will tell us a lot,” the coach said. “A couple more wins would sure be nice.”