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No doubt

Eagle boys continue to build confidence as they move to 17-2

There’s a certain swagger that comes from a 17-2 record built over the long basketball season.

It’s a stride the Brady boys aren’t accustomed to but they’re learning quickly.

“These kids believe in themselves and they believe in each other,” said Eagle coach David Jacobs. “No matter what the score is or how much time is left, they don’t ever think they’re going to lose.”

It’s an attitude of winning, Jacobs said, that builds from one game to the next.

The Eagles have won eight straight since falling to Hayes Center last month, adding victories last week over Hyannis and Medicine Valley.

In the rescheduled game at Hyannis on Feb. 7, Brady had little trouble handling the Longhorns 56-24.

“It was one of those games where you just have to go out and take care of business,” Jacobs said. “It gave us a chance to get every kid a few minutes on the court and they all deserve that now and then.”

Brady held Hyannis to a single free throw in the first period and only eight points at halftime.

Senior Sawyer Burke led the way with 21 points and Zach Mann added 14 points with six rebounds.

Medicine Valley offered more of a challenge for the Eagles at home Friday night.

Despite trailing a few times through the see-saw battle, Jacobs said he never felt like his team was in trouble as Brady pulled out a 44-36 victory.

“We didn’t shoot particularly well,” Jacobs said of their 33% from the field. “Luckily, except for the first quarter, neither did they.”

The Raiders led 12-9 at the end of the first quarter but Brady took an 18-16 advantage into halftime.

The score was tied multiple times throughout the second half, the last time at 34-34 with three minutes to play.

Burke led the scoring again with 20 points followed by Mann with 13.

The Eagles close out the regular season hosting Sandhills/Thedford on Friday.

Brady defeated the Knights in the Sandhills Conference tournament finals on a buzzer-beater shot.

“They’re a good team and we’re going to have to play well,” Jacobs said. “But we’re on our home court. We haven’t lost here all season and we don’t intend to now. We feel pretty confident we can beat them again.”

The D2-9 sub-district will begin Tuesday in Cozad with Brady as the No. 1 seed. The Eagles will face Eustis-Farnam in the first round and the winner will play the winner of Anselmo-Merna and Sumner-Eddyville-Miller on Thursday. Sub-district game times have not yet been announced.

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