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Rider takes two from Braswell

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By Jimmy Isbell

LITTLE ELM — Braswell coach Nick Sekeres expects a lot from his team, but not to the point where his team has to sink nearly every shot to stay in a game.

In Tuesday’s District 5-5A contest against Wichita Falls Rider that had seven lead changes in the first half, Braswell couldn’t continue the hot shooting it had in the first half to stay close.

Rider pulled away late in the first half after Jorge Vargas stole the ball twice from a Bengal at midcourt to give his team a five-point halftime lead. Vargas, fellow big man Eli Portmann and sharpshooter Ty Caswell extended that lead en route to a 67-48 victory against the Bengals.

Braswell’s MJ Leslie got hot from the corner, sinking five of six 3-point attempts in the first half. Leslie garnered more attention from the Raider defense and was limited to one trey in the third quarter.

Leslie recorded 18 points, Brandon Barlow added nine and post player Matthew Edwards notched a few hard-fought buckets in the paint for seven points.

“I’d have to go back and look at the film, but it came down to us not hitting as many shots as we did in the first half,” Sekeres said. “Obviously MJ had more attention on him in the second half, but what kept us from staying in the game was our confidence following the late steals Rider had in the first half.”

The Bengals cut the Raiders’ 43-31 lead to 50-40 with 4:28 left.

“We made one more push midway through the fourth to get it back to the nine to 10-point range,” Sekeres said. “We tried pressure defense and got a turnover that turned into a three-point play, but it’s just hard to ask our guys to play 94 feet for that long of a period of time.”


Wichita Falls Rider 55, Braswell 38

In a 5-5A matchup against an undefeated Rider team, Braswell coach Tabitha Wesley knew it would be a tough game. Facing a 26-point effort from Rider’s Jazmin Luster, the Lady Bengals played catch-up all night.

“It boils down to it being a process and understanding the fundamentals of basketball,” Wesley said to her team following their loss. “We just have to get better, learn from mistakes and understand this season is a process.”

Trinity Barnes and Jalyn Bonds each scored 13 points to lead the Lady Bengals.

The Lady Bengals’ ultimate demise was an issue they’ve struggled with all season: turnovers. Braswell committed 22, and Wesley called it a lack of awareness on the court.

“The discipline is a process for this team,” Wesley said. “We have a lot of freshmen, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse. This team knows what’s expected of them, and we’re all just trying to lay a solid foundation to build off of, not only from our first year to our next but one week to the next.”

Braswell continues district action at Denton on Friday.

Wichita Falls Rider 67, Braswell 48







Wichita Falls Rider






Braswell (8-14, 1-3) — Kiran Anderson 3, Brandon Barlow 9, Matthew Edwards 7, Kameron Fricks 2, MJ Leslie 18, Elijah Norris 6, Kerrell Wood 3.

Wichita Falls Rider (11-9, 2-1) — Moffatt 4, Caswell 25, Portmann 10, Chamberlain 14, Vargas 10, Reid 4.

Wichita Falls Rider 55, Braswell 38







Wichita Falls Rider






Braswell (5-15,0-5) — Trinity Barnes 13, Tiarah Starks 3, Jalyn Bonds 13, Tytiana Johnson 1, Achlie Brown 8

Wichita Falls Rider (12-9, 5-0) — Williamson 6, Ritchie 4, Mays 4, Luster 26, Torres 3, Davis 6, McCoy 5, McKenzie 1.