Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 28, 2013

Brook Hill playoff streak ends with 62-60 loss to Lubbock Christian

Hanks scores 31 in loss

DOC SMITH
Jacksonville Daily Progress

ALEDO — The Brook Hill Guard ended at spectacular season came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday night, taking a tough 62-60 loss at the hands of the Lubbock Christian Eagles, at the Aledo High School Gymnasium.

Lubbock Christian (26-8) outscored Brook Hill 40-30 in the second half to erase what had been a n eight-point, 30-22, Guard advantage at intermission.

The Eagles were able to drop in nine shots from beyond the arc, compared to Brook Hill's four.

Brook Hill’s, Grant Hanks pumped in a game-high 31 points but it would not be enough as the 3-pointers from the Eagles proved to be the difference maker in the final.

Trailing 30-22 at the half, Lubbock Christian went long-distance with five, third quarter 3-pointers to turnaround the lead into a 43-41 affair with one period left.

Tanner Schroder hit his fifth 3-pointer to tie the game up at 46-46, before Drew Thornton’s old-fashioned three-point play made it a 49-46, Eagles lead.

Three lead changes later, another Schroder trey made it a 58-50, LC lead that would come down to late baskets for West Reddell and Evan McCullough to ice away the win.

Hanks scored 24 of his points in the second half.

The Guard appeared ready to run-away with the game early on shooting to a 9-3 lead behind baskets from Grant Hanks, Alex Hale and freshman, Jake Anderson.

Senior Andrew Wink stepped in off the bench and scored eight-points in the first half as the Guard took a 30-22 lead at the intermission.

Schroder and Maddox then zeroed in on the 3-pointers and Lubbock Christian played tough inside down the stretch to ice the win.

Schroder finished up with 22-points, while Drew Thornton made 19-points, and Maddox added in 13-points in the win.

The Guard ends their season with a 19-12 mark. Lubbock Christian will advance to the TAPPS Division III State Tournament next weekend in Mansfield.