Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Brady boys keep winning

Eagles defeat Mullen, SMC.

Mullen’s basketball team learned the hard way that a box-and-one defense on one of Brady’s key players will likely result in another picking up the slack.

On Thursday, the Bronco defense singled out Eagle senior Sawyer Burke, who averages 18 points a game.

In the meantime, junior Zach Mann made Mullen pay dearly by scoring 27 points and getting 10 rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 44-35 victory.

“Zach was incredible,” said Brady coach David Jacobs. “It just proves that people have to respect more than one kid on our team. We’ve got three who can put up 20 on any given night.”

That balance is often what gives Brady the edge, the coach said. Balance and defense.

“We played pretty good defense against Mullen and kept them off the boards,” Jacobs said.

The Broncos pulled down 15 total rebounds to Brady’s 30.

The Eagles kept the steam rolling on the road Friday night when Brady hammered Stapleton-McPherson County 60-35 in the teams’ second meeting of the season.

“I told the kids I didn’t sense a lot of joy in the locker room after we beat Mullen so I wanted them to go out and have fun,” Jacobs said of the game at Stapleton. “They have to take things seriously but this is also the golden time of their lives. They need to enjoy it.”

Brady controlled the game from the start as Burke put up 19 points and Mann added 15 while senior Tyler Egenberger grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out eight assists.

The Eagles improve to 12-2 on the season and remain at No. 8 in Class D-2 in the Omaha World-Herald weekly ratings.

As the No. 1 seed in this week’s Sandhills Conference tournament, Brady earned a first-round bye and will play the winner of Tuesday’s Arthur County-Cody Kilgore game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at North Platte St. Pat’s.

Jacobs expects to be playing Sandhills/Thedford (10-3) in the championship at 8 p.m. Friday.

“We might as well add a little hardware to this year’s collection,” the coach said.

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