Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Brady boys handle Wallace

Quick start propels Eagles

WALLACE—Everything seemed to click the way it was designed during the first quarter of the Brady boys basketball game at Wallace last week.

Offense flowed and defense rolled as the Eagles cruised out to a 16-6 lead at the end of the period.

“It’s a good thing we got off to a strong start,” said coach David Jacobs, “because we kind of let up a little after that.”

The Wildcats worked their way back into the game during the second period but couldn’t make up enough of the difference to rattle the Eagles as Brady went on to win 59-48.

“Wallace came on and played very well,” Jacobs said, “better than I’d seen them on film, that’s for sure.”

The coach wasn’t surprised that the Wildcats gave their best effort.

“When you’re 15-2 and rated in the state, you’re going to get everyone’s best game,” he said.

Wallace cut Brady’s lead to a single point 16-15 with five minutes to play in the second quarter.

“I don’t know why we haven’t been able to build a 10-point lead into a 20-point lead,” Jacobs said. “I’d like to see us really put teams away instead of letting them hang around that 10-point mark.”

The Eagles led 25-20 at halftime and were up 39-33 at the end of the third period.

Sawyer Burke and Zach Mann led Brady in scoring with 19 points each.

Burke added six assists, as did fellow senior Tyler Egenberger.

“You can’t overlook those assists,” Jacobs said. “To me, that’s the same as scoring points. That’s an unselfish player who’s willing to make that one extra pass to get a bucket.”

The Eagles remain at No. 8 in the Omaha World-Herald Class D-2 rankings this week with only two games left in the regular season.

Brady will host Medicine Valley (9-8) on Friday in a game that includes parents night activities.

Then only Sandhills/Thedford remains on Feb. 17 before the D2-9 sub-district begins at Cozad on Feb. 21.

“I’ve seen teams with losing records come into a sub-district and upset a team like ours,” Jacobs said. “We can’t overlook anyone at this point. We don’t want to lose a big game and every game’s a big game now.”